Thursday, February 26, 2015
Athletic enhancement presentation.
(Greg, Rory, and Ramsey)
Health Effects of Athletic Enhancements
Apart form the obvious negative bioethical associations, drugs used to enhance athletic performance have got and are associated with extreme health consequences which in turn present a whole new aspect of bioethics not associated with sports, but with health issues and burdens on society at large.
Steroidal use in Athletes is associated with:
Reduced sperm production
Masculinization/defeminization of the female body and genitalia
Additional effects are:
Cardio vascular disease
Premature growth plate closure
Given the high prevalence of some of these conditions in steroid abusing individuals, should it be allowed knowing full well the possible health consequences? Where can we/do we draw a line with these substances? Should we as a community be expected to pay for the medical costs incurred later on in life? Are the potential harms of these substances really worth the athletic enhancement? At what cost are we prepared to accept the entertainment value of enhancement? Is there any meaning full payback for society associated with Steroid abuse?
These are just some of the questions that are raised as a result of steroid abuse. Most people have the opinion that “its their body, who are we to stand in their way”. But what happens when these drugs have an ultimate cost to society. In a world where there are so many real issues, is this something we should be encouraging and tolerating? Our freedoms and actions are always limited by the extent to which they harm others. We should not loose track of our interconnectedness.