Managing the Issue of Steroid Use in Competitive Sports
Sport is always considered as an activity that is governed by a set of regulations and is engrossed in competitively while doping up is the idea of using proscribed ordinary or artificial material for the reason of enhancing performance in sport. Use of performance-stimulating substances is akin to cheating in an exam by a candidate(s). Marijuana users may achieve their goal but they learn nothing in the process, not forgetting the health risks associated with steroid use. The idea of steroid use in sport has been in existence since the early 19th century; with the first ever case being recorded at the 1896 Bordeaux-Paris race after the demise of Welsh cyclist Arthur Lyndon. The bigger issue in this essay is the way out to stopping what has widely been proved to be a hazardous and unprincipled practice in all competitive sports. An analysis of the state of affairs from a sports administration point of view and definition of the roles that professionals need to play in bringing down if not halting the spread of steroid use in professional sport is also covered. It is also argued in this essay that continuous prohibition and marijuana testing for competitors in all competitive sports is of bigger advantage to the sporting world than allowing its use
Management of Steroid Use
Management of drug users may prove to be a challenging task but with strategic objectives and approaches it can be achieved. For an administrator to work well with his/her juniors he/she ought to be aware of the tasks that are selected to whom and what authority, and the ability and skill that each person possesses. The prospect should be for each person to use his or her capabilities and resources to the highest faculty to carry out such responsibilities.
The circulation of steroids as a performance-stimulating substance is illegal and all justice divisions hold the power to probe and put on trial violators of such laws. Marijuana use should be a worry for the Health and Safety Administration departments in all countries. When marijuana use becomes a norm in a professional sport then the aggressive advantage it has makes non-use a danger to a player’s professional status. For that reason, not having stringent regulations and testing for dope use poses a professional danger. This is a major worry if the existing marijuana testing guidelines is not effectual (Laurre, 2000, p. 5).
Respectable sportsmen and women have a moral obligation of discouraging and enlightening young and upcoming professionals in their fields to keep steroid use at bay. In fact, the message is bound to sink deeper since much of these professionals are perceived to be society’s role models. They thus have a very important role in ensuring the marijuana industry is not given any financial or other form of support. The growth of the steroid business cannot occur without sufficient funding in the form of buying and usage of these substances. With sufficient funding, steroids get to be produced en-masse and it encourages the producers to get a notch higher (Laurre, 2000, p 1).
Professional sport instructors and trainers have a major task to in curbing the use of these illegal substances in instilling the factual learning value of any sport. There has always been debate if competitive sports have any learning significance. Nevertheless, instructors and trainers who regard sport to be of educational significance have to instill the discipline of fairness and keeping steroids at bay. He/she should push sportsmen and women to grow in a fit and appropriate manner (Laurre, 2000, p, 21).
High school games are widely popular world over. This is where individuals learn of their talents and get into developing them effectively. While advancing their abilities and physical fitness, these students are undoubtedly not free from the more harmful influences that the world of sports provides. Student sports participants frequently see and hear about their favorite sport role models from the levels of specialized games taking painkillers and performance-stimulating substances, checking into rehabilitation for different substance addictions, or being detained for drug and other substance violations. Students not only read or hear about these actual situations, but they are also prejudiced by illusory media portrayals that portray sportsmen and women using drugs and other substances. Sports culture is very influential to fans and they tend to emulate the things that sport celebrities do. Games-related movies have become a particularly accepted form of media. There is also the issue of the films that are produced based on a certain sport. These films are now considered a genre of their own. Young and upcoming sportsmen and women are possibly even more likely to be influenced by the media, both for developmental reasons and simply because they are exposed to so much of it. Thus, there needs to be control of materials that young and upcoming sportsmen and women are exposed to.
Contemporary adolescents are becoming increasingly addicted to the media and the celebrity life it propagates. Teenagers, on average, listen to music four hours per day, watch television two hours per day, and watch more movies than any other age group. It is clear that popular culture has become an inseparable part of the lives of youngsters. Given that the youth are so much into the media, it is vital to evaluate the ways in which the media portrays the issues faced by the youth (O’Brien, 2000, p. 15).
Another vital marijuana management aspect is intensification of collaboration between organs and private bodies to prevent relapse into marijuana use. To curb drug use in sport, bodies and organizations concerned will need to work hand in hand such that they complement each other. These bodies are usually the administrative, correctional, medical, private and community volunteer groups. These bodies are usually instrumental in implementing already set programs and in integrating individuals who have been rehabilitated (O’Brien, 2000, p. 19).
Concerned authorities also need to effectively cope with drug trafficking trends and cartels. There needs to be effective border surveillance to bar substances from neighboring nations or states. There also needs to be co-operation between concerned states or nations to curb the menace (Mahler, 2001, p. 291).
Research on the state of doping and the methods for treating its addiction needs to be carried out. As much as it may prove difficult to get all the details and what goes on exactly behind the scenes, research must be carried out. Being furnished with such information enables coming up with appropriate solutions since the problem has been fully defined (Quinn, 2002, p 1).
Action needs to be taken against gains or profit from drug dealing. This is in order to render drug dealing cartels and groups weak and finally drive them out of business. Justice bodies need to penalize and confiscate proceeds from illegal substances.
Finally, the authorities need to be in touch with ever-improving drug trafficking methods. Advances in technology such the internet and mobile telephony make things easier for dealers. Therefore, research and investigative authorities need to be strengthened to be in line with the latest technology (Sheehan, 1999, p. 33).
In spite of the growth and advancement of steroid testing systems, doping in sport is on the rise in both cream of the crop, amateurish and in school games. This substance use is normally both intentional and unintended. The practice not only goes against the fortitude of just contest it can be fatal to the user(s) wellbeing. While some take drugs to seek intentional benefit, others feel under pressure to consider doping as the only practical alternative to level the competitive field of sport. There are some who unintentionally take forbidden substances due to a lack of knowledge.
One particular difficulty is the risk of today’s supplement culture to inadvertent contact and a positive marijuana test. An effectual anti-doping plan must include learning components in addition to testing. Teaching needs to be shared and hands-on and include sportsmen and women, instructors, managerial teams, ruling organizations and fitness professionals. The ever growing problem of marijuana use in junior games calls for very exceptional attention. Simplifying and standardizing of operations, policies and learning schemes is required at the global level.
Pharmaceutical statute laws need to be changed in order to contain safety of medicines in sport. To date, nations have put too much funds into technology and inventing of thorough marijuana testing procedures minus addressing the learning requirements of sportsmen and women and youth cultures. Hi-tech advancements cannot deal with what is fundamentally a behavioral difficulty.
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