topic I am interested in has to do with professional athletes and
sports enhancing drugs. I want to learn more about this topic because
I am an avid sports fan, and I love to play sports. I think that people
in the United States need to know more about this because sports are
such a big part of our culture. And with the Olympics coming up, this
topic will become even more important.
specifically, the question I pose is this: How do sports enhancing
drugs affect the way we view athletes and sporting events? I have
not done much research on this issue yet, but I have come up with
four different “voices” that have an interest in this: athletes, the
general public, the business aspect of sports, and the medical field.
Each voice has an opinion not only on the drugs themselves, but also
on the different testing methods, as well as the consequences for
using these drugs.
athletes obviously have the most interest in this issue, and there
are two views among them. There are those who use these drugs in order
to succeed, and there are the athletes who do not use them and want
those who do to be punished.
general public is basically divided into those who are following this
issue with great interest and others who could care less about this
topic. But in this group there are also the children who look up to
these athletes as role models. These children probably have mixed
views on what they think about the issue, if they even know about
business side of sports is invested heavily in this issue, especially
team owners and sponsors of athletes. Most likely this view is based
on money and money only. Team owners want their teams to do well in
order to make more money, putting pressure on the athletes. Sponsors
do not want their athletes to portray a negative image, because that
will result in fewer sales for their company.
medical field may be the most neutral voice of all, since it has no
real connection with the athletes. The doctors probably have a lot
to do with what drugs are legal or illegal based on how safe they
are for the athletes. Team athletic trainers are an exception to this
neutrality, since they actually work with the athletes. Trainers may
be swayed by the owners or the athletes to hand out a certain drug
in order to “help out the athlete.”
am interested to see what I find regarding this issue, and I think
it will be beneficial to me as a fan of sports to know everything
I can about this topic.