Say NO to Sports By: Victoria and Madelyn

"Drugs, Sports, Body Image and G.I Joe"

Drug abuse occurs in all sports and at most levels of competition. Athletic life may lead to drug abuse for a number of reasons, including for performance enhancement, to self-treat otherwise untreated mental illness, and to deal with stressors, such as pressure to perform, injuries, physical pain, and retirement from sport.

As said by Anglier, "Doctors have long emphasized the dangers of muscle-building drugs. The use of anabolic steroids lowers the levels of protective high-denisty lipoproteins, surpasses sperm production and raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and liver disease." Athletes are pressured into using drugs to preform better and please their coaches.

"A Unique Take on Beauty"

A factor for athletes that tends to exacerbate body image concerns is the conflict many feel when making their bodies more muscular through sport specific weight training. Although the stronger, more muscular body can facilitate sport performance, some female athletes feel that it is a disadvantage with regard to attaining/maintaining society’s thin ideal. Athletes must deal with unhealthy body comparisons in both the sport and societal environments. Serena Williams is a perfect example. Many me recall on how big and masculine she looks. Americans take that as "intimidating" more than beauty. Females athletes are considered less attractive than say an actress because of their high muscle tone, which is a reason to not play these sports.

"Kill 'em! Crush 'em! Eat 'em Raw!"

Due to the harsh use of the body in sports, athletes are more prone to injuries. Injuries occur in most sports, but they are more common in the sport of football. Football is a rough sport and the high there completion gets, the more tougher it becomes. Former NFL players still suffer from injuries several years after they have retired. Concussions have become a concern, as they increase the risk of mental illnesses like dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

In many cases, injuries sustained while playing can cause long-term damage. As stated from McMurtry, a former NFL player, "One difference between war and football is that there is little or no protesting in football." Many football players feel like they have fought a war after they have retired because they have pt such a beating on their body. Athletes should not have to put their bodies through this pain and suffer for the rest of their life like these former football players.

"The Proper Place for Sports"

Roosevelt uses allusion in his letter to coax his son not to let sports take over his duties. He tells his son, Ted, that he is very proud of him making the team although he is worried for Ted’s safety. He doesn’t want to distress his son by telling him this, but he must. Roosevelt states, "I am delighted to have you play football. I believe in rough, manly sports. But I do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one’s existence. I don’t want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and I need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life.”

Sports take up a lot of time. Student athletes especially have a lot on their plate already. Getting home late at night and having rigorous courses do not mix well. Sports are hard to manage with a social life and an academic life. Students should be able to enjoy their free time with friends or studying to become a better person in the future rather than focusing on sports.

Do you want to end up like these two guys?

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Created with images by Dr PS Sahana * Kadamtala Howrah - "The needle" • GioPhotos - "10 20 30" • DariuszSankowski - "knowledge book library"

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