Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs by Young Children in Sports ~ Article by Nandini Goel

Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs by Young Children in Sports ~ Article by Nandini Goel
“Well, when I think of steroids I think of an image. You have the advantage over someone, which is a form of cheating. I guess it wouldn’t be right unless it was legal for everybody. Reason it’s not legal for everybody is because it can hurt people seriously.”
Evander Holyfield
Recently, I was in Kerala to take part in the National School Games Meet where young boys and girls from all over India took part in different field events. It was indeed a prestigious event where a single medal gives the winner a free ride to a college of his choice.
Each athlete had prepared his best and the stadium was filled with ambition to perform the best and take away the medals. But amidst all this, there were many students who were more anxious about winning than excellence. Many students were making unauthorized use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in the greed of easy medal on the field. It was disheartening to see used syringes lying in the toilets. It was apparent that some young children all below the age of 19 years were involved in these activities.
Sports are about excellence and sweating hard to get the best out of your body. Finagling and winning a match might make you an achiever but denies you the title of a sportsman. Also performance enhancing drugs are unhealthy for a human being in a long run.
What most athletes use to enhance their performance is “Anabolic Steroid.” Anabolic Steroid produces testosterone in the body which when not in proper balance in the body, can prove harmful to the body.
Young Boys and Girls who uses anabolic steroids to enhance their performance are prone to various metabolic and growth disorders.
Young ambitious teens in their high ambitions tend to make mistakes as they never pay heed to the ill effects of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs. They fail to understand that this one race is not the end of the world and even if they lose, they will always have another race to perform better.
Athletes forget that its life that is more important and just to win one match, they put their life at risk. There is another chance for everything, except life. A sportsman should live longer than a non-sports oriented person but today, a sportsman has a much shorter life than a non-sports person. The sole reason is that today a sportsman values winning over his health. He values laurels over his life. But in my view, the biggest achiever is the one who lives the longest. Life gives you the opportunity to explore the wonders of the world. If just to win one race, we sacrifice that fun, then we are actually wasting a life worth living. I am not discouraging young athletes to win, all I am saying is win by enhancing your body through hard work and practice, not by some performance enhancing drugs which will have bad implication on your health in the future.
And if you feel your body is not made for a particular job so be it, there are many jobs and games for which each body is perfect. You only need to find your Ground.
Nandini Goel
For Educate My Girl Program 2016.
Tag : Sports Authority Of India Yamuna Sports Complex Ministry of Culture, Sports and TourismPrime Minister of India’s Office (PMO), New DelhiCentral Board of Secondary Education Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports International Olympic Committee United Nations India

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