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Bazcovic:
After another doping acquisation in tennis in today's Dutch news, and the recent bans of Troicki and Cilic. I read some more, and I came along some very interesting articles that offer a unique perspective on the possibility of doping in tennis.

http://tennishasasteroidproblem.blogspot.com/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/08/tennis-has-a-doping-problem.html
(Dutch) http://nielskijkttennis.wordpress.com/doping/


What are your thoughts on this?

Swish:
I wouldn't doubt it, if some are caught then a decent chance even more than that are doping.
 
 

dmastous:
I just don't care anymore. There are two facets of the doping discussion.
The bottom line is steroids don't make people better tennis players, or football players, or baseball players, or better anything.
What steroids do is allow a person recover from great effort much faster. This is great for older tennis players who want to recover from a grueling match to play effectively the next day. It allows relief pitchers to recover from an outing one day then coming back and pitching well again the next day.
More important; it allows athletes to work harder more often. To work the biceps one day, then come back and do it again the next. That way they get stronger faster.
This idea of athletes being lazy by taking steroids is totally false. To my mind it's exactly the opposite. An athlete who is taking steroids to get better is extremely dedicated to his or her craft.
The big downside of athletes taking steroids is athletes are roll models for young children. Young children frequently ape their athletic heroes, and do the same things the athletes do. But steroids for children is very bad. They are growing and their muscles can be damaged by taking steroids at too young of an age.
This is the main reason, and a good one, for making steroids illegal.
But the cat is out of the bag, and has been for a long time. I'm beginning to think it's time for some education for the children and allowing athletes to just become the best they can be.

monstertruck:
Wow!
I don't think I've ever heard any fan support steroid use.

You're description of the benefits they provide seems accurate.
I don't know what the side effects are to the athletes these days.
I know back in the 80's they were pretty bad.

I've never tried them and probably never will.
Perhaps it should be left up to the individual to treat their body as they wish.

dmastous:

--- Quote from: monstertruck on October 03, 2013, 04:37:38 AM ---Wow!
I don't think I've ever heard any fan support steroid use.

You're description of the benefits they provide seems accurate.
I don't know what the side effects are to the athletes these days.
I know back in the 80's they were pretty bad.

I've never tried them and probably never will.
Perhaps it should be left up to the individual to treat their body as they wish.

--- End quote ---

Steroids are actually used at times to slow the aging process down. I don't know what effects there are on mature adults.
I know it messes up young people (maybe up to 25 years old), and children's growth. No question about that.
Maybe there are negative effects on adults as well (like sterility), but that's a decision that can be made for themselves by a consenting adult.
As I said, I do understand the illegality of steroids based on the children doing whatever their heroes are doing. If Roger Clemons does steroids, then many fans of Clemons will be doing them as well. You just can't justify allowing adults to do something and then tell kids (who are 10 feet tall and bulletproof) they can't do it. They just won't listen and will use them anyway.
I just don't like the current public furor, and misinformation over steroid use. I'm not sure anymore if they should be outlawed as they are.

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