Anabolic steroids are heard about everywhere in the sports world. They are thought to give you superior strength incredibly fast. Athletes feel that taking steroids gives them an edge at beating the competition. They think they can rise to be number one in their sport. This may be true, but there are consequences that can change your life forever in very negative ways. Although steroids strengthen you in the short-term, it will deteriorate your body over time. The negative effects, physically, as well as mentally, are staggering.
The proper name for anabolic steroids are anabolic-androgenic steroids. The word anabolic means building or growing. So your muscles are growing and building in this case (Crane). Testosterone is the main chemical on your body that anabolic steroids imitate (Taylor). Testosterone is an androgen and thought of as the “male hormone,” but it is actually found in women as well. An androgen is a male sex hormone. Ninety five percent of testosterone in men is produced in the testicles. Testosterone in men is responsible for a man’s muscular build. Womens’ testosterone is eighty-five percent produced by the ovaries and fifteen percent produced by the adrenal glands. The testosterone produced in women is much less than in men. A deep voice, beard, and slim hips are all caused by testosterone in a man. Muscle protein building, and the formation of red blood cells are promoted by androgens. Also, they increase your appetite (Silverstein). When people work out, they create micro tears in their muscle fibers. A muscle then regrows, like scar tissue and comes back larger than before. If you use anabolic steroids, this cycle gets faster and better. People can work out more often, as well as get stronger quicker (Taylor).
There are various techniques of taking steroids. Steroids can be ingested by a pill, injected with a needle, and also can be rubbed on your skin with a cream. Most people take a hundred times the amount that is prescribed normally. Another method is
called cycling. Cycling is most commonly used with body builders. This form has the individual taking the drug in certain time cycles. Most commonly, they are taken in 6 to 12 week cycles. Another way is called stacking. You put the substance into your body by both pill and injection. This isn’t scientifically proven to work, but is meant to double muscle growth. Pyramiding is a common way to take steroids. It is just like cycling, but slightly different. In your first cycle you take a low base dosage. Then each cycle you keep increasing your dosage until you hit a peak. Then you gradually decrease (Anabolic Steroid Abuse).
Steroids are very addictive. When usage is stopped, severe migraines, depression, and fatigue commonly occur. They have effects on the body that would encourage usage. Steroids increase muscle mass while lowering body fat with the increase of testosterone. It also increases the concentration of hemoglobin in your blood and your blood volume. Hemoglobin is in your blood and it carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Steroids will also escalate bone strength and the mineral density in your bones. Your pain tolerance heightens. Steroids accelerate your recovery from muscle injuries and injuries caused from overuse. A sense of euphoria is felt by steroid use making you feel on top of the world (Taylor). In other words, steroids give you a sense of well-being and strengthen you abnormally quickly.
Anabolic steroid use is commonly found in many sports and most commonly associated with Major League Baseball. Athletes believe that using steroids will enhance their performance and give them an edge over the competition. Steroids, also known as performance enhancing drugs, are banned in sports for that very reason of giving them an edge over everyone else and to protect the health of the athletes.
People with a psychiatric condition known as muscle dysmorphia often abuse steroids. Muscle dysmorphia is the disorder of being absolutely obsessed with your body image. If someone is built and strong, they believe that they appear weak and skinny. There is no believing that you look good enough ever. Nothing is good enough for them concerning their body. This causes people with muscle dysmorphia to abuse anabolic steroids to improve their body image (Rohman). A common misconception among anabolic steroids is that they treat and prevent injury (Taylor). This has some truth, but can severely destroy the body in the long run.
Steroids will destroy your body physically. Specifically, men experience the development of breasts. The testicles also shrink (Crane). As a result of this, a reduced sperm count and temporary impotence also occurs. At first, using anabolic steroids increases the sex drive rapidly, but it eventually decreases. When the body experiences another source of testosterone, artificially introduced, the body may stop or slow the production altogether. This may actually make a man appear more feminine (Silverstein).
Women who take steroids appear to be more masculine. This is result of the increased testosterone. Another result is the deepening of the voice and breast size decreasing (Silverstein). Women lose their hair on their scalp, but it rapidly grows on their body. The hair lossage on the scalp is called male-pattern baldness (Anabolic Steroid Use). Menstrual irregularities often develop as well (Crane). Horrific side effects in women are the degeneration of the uterus and an enlarged clitoris (Silverstein).
Adolescents who take anabolic steroids usually do it to build muscle to improve in athletics and to attract women they are interested in. Sometimes boys take them to start puberty if it has not been reached at an older age. Adolescents using steroids may have premature baldness and may even have stunted growth. The stunting of growth happens because instead of bones and muscles growing, the bones become fused together. This makes no room for the bone to grow, just the muscle (Silverstein).
There are many side effects that develop in both men and women. The most common are severe acne and tendon and ligament damage. Tendons and ligaments become damaged because muscles are strengthened so fast that they can’t keep up. This could also cause a bone breakage (Crane). Users get a very oily scalp. Steroids also alter the level of lipoproteins which carry cholesterol through the bloodstream. Atherosclerosis can then occur. Atherosclerosis causes the arteries to have deposits of fatty substances within them. This can confound blood flow. If this arises, then the risk for heart attacks and strokes are greatly increased (Anabolic Steroid Use).
Anabolic steroids can destroy the body’s liver. Painful cysts will develop on the liver. Tumors can build up too and blood filled sacs can form. These blood sacs, cysts, and tumors can end up rupturing resulting in hemorrhaging and internal bleeding (Silverstein). Jaundice is also terrible side effect. It is a dysfunctional kidney condition that results in the yellowing of the skin and/or eyes (Crane). Another severe side effect is the possibility of infertility (Anabolic Steroid Abuse).
There are many personality and psychological effects. Users can end up experiencing suicidal feelings (Crane). Commonly people become delusional and experience mania. You may hallucinate and hear voices in your head. This is commonly referred to as ‘bodybuilders psychosis’ (Stein). Most often it is expressed as severe rage and aggression.
‘‘Roid rage” is the term for the behavioral side effects of severe rage and aggression. Increased testosterone has been linked with increased aggression. It has been reported that users would burst out raging. Some examples are beating a spouse for no reason and smashing in a car window in front of you because the blinker was left on. In the worst cases, ‘roid rage has resulted in murder. “It made me feel real moody, violent. I wanted to kill someone,” football player, Dan Steinkuhler said (Silverstein).
Anabolic steroids absolutely destroy your body. There are virtually zero positive outcomes from taking this drug because of the harmful side effects. Physically, your body will destroyed and deteriorate. Psychologically, they will change your personality and not for the better. The short-term enhanced performance, resulting from steroids, is in no way worth the risks of the detrimental effects on the mind and body.
Getting seriously hurt doing the one thing you love the most sucks. Add that to my injury list (click here and here to see it)! Being sidelined and waiting to heal can be horrible both physically and mentally. I can relate because, this past June, I swung a bat during BP in the cages and I BROKE MY BACK!! Seriously……Despite, training, warming up and trying to be prepared for the season – Bad things can happen. The tendon in between my shoulder blade and spine also got damaged while it pulled of a chunk of my spine from the force of the swing. I could barely walk and move for awhile. The ER docs originally thought I broke a rib and punctured my lung. Turned out that my C7 vertebra was broke and T1 vertebra, fractured. The sports orthopedic docs I saw had never seen an injury like this happen to a baseball player ever!! EVER!! They said, “It’s a real case study!” – especially, because I’m a healthy 14 yr old. Of course it happened to me, having the worst luck with injuries. So, just as the season started, I broke my back and struggled to deal with it for the entire summer. No baseball, no swimming, no canoeing, no ping pong, YES! – no mowing the lawn :) I’ve been sidelined since then and still have more time to heal fully. So, how do you deal with injury?
Accept it. You’ve just got to say, ” OK I am injured.” It happened and you can’t go back. It sounds simple, but mentally it will eat you away like I experienced. I couldn’t accept not playing and having to watch my team thinking, ”I should be out there!” I would feel incredibly angry and frustrated, which is normal, and kept saying to myself, WHY ME!! I was so upset about being injured that I could barely watch without feeling super down, not to sound like Mr. Daytime Emmy explaining the injury over and over. I didn’t even wanna turn on a Brewers game or even BLOG! I didn’t blog very often because I just couldn’t do it! Once you start to accept the fact that you are injured, you can begin to heal your body and your mind.
Set goals for yourself. Hope to feel this much better by sometime next week. Maybe you can boost your reps in physical therapy by a little bit. Hopefully you have an awesome PT guy (SHOUT OUT TO KEITH)!! Even if it is something little, reaching a goal can start to give you the mindset that you have started to heal and boost you a little.
Distract yourself. If you focus on an injury all day and every day, you mentally will drive yourself crazy like I did. Try not to focus on only what you are missing in your sport. Try something new and maybe it will catch on. Maybe even start a blog ;) ! I started to teach myself piano to distract myself, cuz it’s cool, and chicks dig musicians…….just sayin. It caught on and now I am about to start lessons. This helped me keep my mind off of my back and gave me something to do.
Be patient!!!! Let the injury heal and don’t jump in too early. To quote my PT, Keith- Omni Orthopedics, “It’s better to be 10 weeks past being fully healed then to go back one day too early and get a huge setback,” which leads to my next point. Expect some little setbacks. You just accidentally move and aggravate it a little. Or maybe a little kid jumps on your back not knowing your hurt, and you have fantasies of throwing him off a bridge – but I digress.
Being anxious and scared of re-injury is totally normal as well! I still DEFINITELY feel like this! To be honest I’ve got nothing about this one. I still am anxious and scared! Any tips?
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be patient, be willing to let your body heal, and most importantly…….BE WELL ROUNDED!!! Find out what else you’re good at, what else you enjoy and become more than what you were.
LASTLY, YOU NEVER WANT TO BE A “CASE STUDY!”
Hope you enjoyed and I hope this helps someone deal with an injury.
On August 26, 1939, a baseball game was televised for the very first time. A doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Reds had only 2 cameras, compared to the thirteen cameras used for a Dodgers game now days! One camera was above home plate to see the view of the entire diamond. To pick up throws from the infield, another camera was looking down the first base line. About 3,000 people tuned in for this historical event.
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This is my 150th post on Bleacher Boy! To celebrate this little milestone, I would like to share some of my favorite posts that I have written. I haven’t posted for the last few weeks since I’ve been up north fishing and vacationing “unplugged.”
Bleacher Boy Top 10
In this article I explain the importance of just getting on base by any means. My twin sister Sophie is involved because of how she helped my team win.
9. Aggressive Hitters Vs. Patient Hitters
In this two part article I break down these type of hitters and their ups and downs.
The title explains it all, I don’t think I can ever buy another jersey.
Wait…it struck again!!!
Listen to the recording of my first interview on the radio show, Rec Room Show!!!! I recommend starting 14 minutes into the show.
If I were commissioner, I would implement this performance enhancing drug policy.
This is my personal research paper outlining what steroids do to you psychologically and physically. Very disturbing results from my research.
Mr. Injury Prone here! Want to see a horrific eye injury!?!?
You don’t beat baseball, baseball beats you. This explains how truly difficult baseball is, and how to “get a grip” when playing the game. Mental toughness is everything! Like Yogi Berra said, “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.”
My favorite article! It shows how God is involved with my life. I am blessed to be able to play ball and share my passion! Credo – God, Family, Baseball!!!!!
Listen to the podcast of me on the Rec Room Show with Tim Hollenbeck right HERE! Fast forward to about 14 1/2 minutes to get to my part. Listen as we talk baseball, this blog, Dwier Brown, and MORE!!! How did I sound? The Rec Room Show is on All Radio X. My broadcast is number 97. Make sure to check out his show on his website every Tuesday at 8 Central Time!
St. Louis is crying again! I am not bashing on Adam at all. He’s a great pitcher who I respect, and yet I’m very jealous of his pitching performances against the Brew Crew. Adam Wainwright struggled in his All-Star start. So, there’s no way it could possibly be his fault…. So….let’s blame Jonathan Lucroy! Why not, right? Yea, that’s right. Cardinal fans unite and cry because supposedly Lucroy caused Wainwright’s struggle. The Cardinal fans have reached an all-time low! Did you know Wainwirght would have had the loss if Lucroy didn’t clutch hit? So it’s not Adam’s fault for pitching poorly?
Wainwright on pitching to Derek Jeter: “I was gonna give him a couple pipe shots. He deserved it. I didn’t know he was gonna hit a double or I might have changed my mind.”
He did later take the comments back, stating they were jokes. Still, read the line above, that doesn’t seem like a joke to me.
Online comments are on fire from Cardinals fans blaming Lucroy. I say, Sour Grapes you crybabies!!! If I didn’t know better, I’d say Tony La Russa is behind this conspiracy……….
Lucroy just called a horrible first inning for Waino. #BlameLucroy
— Scott Stout (@Sstout33) July 16, 2014
Dad & I both agree that Waino needs to catch Lucroy off guard & nail him in the back with a fastball.
— Lauren (@Lo_Kitty_) July 16, 2014
It’s because Yadi isn’t catching #BlameLucroy
— Nick Francis (@TheNickFrancis) July 16, 2014
Lucroy is trying to make Waino look bad
— Mitchell Cain (@CainMitch22) July 16, 2014
Lucroy was tipping pitches to hitters. It was his fault not Wainos
— Daniel Gerth (@TheDanielGerth) July 16, 2014
Seriously man!?!? Who and why would do that?
Good to see Lucroy screw over Waino #averageatbest
— Clay Swanger (@Clay_bay_bay) July 16, 2014
Come on Cardinals fans, have some class!!! Do you honestly believe Lucroy plotted to make Adam Wainwright pitch poorly? Could it really be that Adam just pitched poorly?
Shoot! I just spilled my drink #BlameLucroy.
This rivalry just got a little more heated.
On April 26, 1975, two protesters rushed onto the field with an American flag during a Dodgers – Cubs game. The two protesters stopped in center field and tried to light the flag on fire, which was soaked in lighter fluid. The right fielder for the Chicago Cubs, Rick Monday, saw this happening. He made a heroic move to charge toward the men. Luckily, the first match was blown out by the wind. This gave Rick time to courageously save the American flag from being burned as a second match was being lit. Even though this didn’t happen on the Fourth of July, this goes down as one of, if not, the most patriotic acts in sports history. Well done Rick, well done. . . Way to make America proud!
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Yadier Molina, step on over, there’s a new catcher in town. His name is Jonathan Lucroy, A.K.A LUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCC!!!!
Lucroy beats Molina in EVERY OFFENSIVE STAT CATEGORY. That should be enough for voters. Yet, Yadier still leads in the voting. This commercial below NAILS IT! No offense to Yadier, but aren’t you sick of seeing Cardinals in the All-Star Game??? Aren’t you sick of hearing the broadcasters gush over his Golden Glove emblem on his gear??? It’s time for new blood!! It’s time for change…
So get online and help #LockinLuc!!! Voting ends at 11:59 P.M. at MLB.com.
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Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. Eighth grade was coming to an end and I had tons of projects to complete! Graduation was great fun and brag alert….. I even got an Academic Excellence Award from the Milwaukee Brewers! Holler! Now it’s summer and I can write, play ball, write, play ball, and ….. you get the general idea.
Two things I love came together Tuesday night, baseball and writing.
I found out that a team called the Kenosha Kingfish, a collegiate summer baseball team in the Northwoods League, plays at historic Simmons Field, less than a half hour away from where I live. This field was opened in 1920 by the Simmons Bedding company and later used for a women’s professional baseball team, the Kenosha Comets. So, I convinced my mom to take me to a game with my friend Hank! As we were walking in the park and before even reaching our seats, we got flagged down by a staff member. We were asked to play a game in the bottom of the 8th inning and I can’t turn down an invitation to be on a field. We had to catch water balloons with a metal garbage can lid. Sounds easy enough, right? Results: two soaking guys with a little dent in our fielding pride!
You think you’ve seen a cool first pitch delivery? You haven’t seen anything! This leaves MLB first pitch deliveries in the dust! You need to see Elvis, the “King,” zip line it to home plate, and no, not Elvis Presley— It’s Elvis the Kingfish mascot!
This was an incredibly fun and fan friendly game experience! The announcer was hilarious and there was nonstop on-field entertainment. This included live wiener dog races, ice cream eating contests, human bowling, and toilet bowl racing — welcome to Wisconsin. There were many fan giveaways including free pizzas and custard! Also, non-stop jams were being played all night, including a little vintage “Elvis!” The team was composed of mostly college players on summer break and despite the Kingfish loss, we saw some pretty good baseball. It was up close and personal with plenty of opportunities to share sunflower seeds and talk with the players.
The best part of the night was meeting actor, Dwier Brown. Dwier played the father of Kevin Costner’s character in one of my favorite movies, Field of Dreams (see previous review here). Dwier was a great stand up guy and generous with his time! I bought his new book, If You Build It... and he signed it for me! Meeting Dwier was a great experience. I look forward to reading his memoir about America’s love of baseball and dads — and hopefully he is reading my blog right now! Hope to see you sometime again!
So, in closing, if you are anywhere near a semi-pro, collegiate, or minor league team – I encourage you to go and check it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.