I’m sure most people out there have heard of steroids and have a preconceived idea of them already. But how bad can they be? They are used in medicine worldwide and save lives. So why are they viewed in a negative way?

Before I begin, I want to say that I have played college football and have seen the effects of steroids upfront and personal. I have been tempted to take them myself and have done two years of research on the subject. This does not certify me as an expert in anyway, but I know a few things and would like to share them.

So what are exactly steroids? Well, there are two types of main steroids. You have your Cortico Steroids, used in medicine daily to reduce inflammation and pain. Common found in cortisone shots to reduce extreme pain. The other main type of steroids are anabolic steroids which are the ones that I will be talking about. Anabolic steroids basically are fake hormones put into your body to help build muscle faster and recover faster. For example, if the average testosterone levels were five on scale one to ten, being on steroids would make you a ten. Their main use is to make muscle but they have there place in medicine as well.
Now Anabolic steroids are the ones that are perceived as being bad in the media, but why? They save cancer and HIV/AIDS patients lives everyday, but breakdown a NFL linebacker? If taken properly, anabolic steroids could theoretically be taken forever with little harm. Now, there are a lot of bad side effects from anabolic steroids when taken in excess, but then again you can die from drinking too much water. Too much of anything is not good.

Now back to the subject of steroids in sports. In anything in life you want to be the best you can be at what you are doing. I was around some of the best players in my conference that were on juice and they seemed just fine. No so called ‘roid rage’, mood swings or any physical side effects besides muscles. In the bigger picture, steroids are much more commonly used in the NFL and if everyone is taking them, why wouldn’t you to even the playing field? You would be stupid not to. I’m just not sure why people hate the fact the others in there profession do what ever it takes to be successful and are frowned upon.

In closing, I would like anyone who read this to do research on the subject to better understand the positives and negatives. Before you judge, be educated.