- Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
“The American College of Sports Medicine supports the position that the eradication of anabolic-androgenic steroids use by athletes is in the best interest of sport and endorses the development of effective procedures for drug detection and of policies that exclude from competition those athletes who refuse to abide by the rules.
The ‘win at all cost’ attitude that has pervaded society places the athlete in a precarious situation. Testimonial evidence suggests that some athletes would risk serious harm and even death if they could obtain a drug that would ensure their winning an Olympic gold medal….[T]he use of anabolic-androgenic steroids by athletes is contrary to the ethical principles of athletic competition and is deplored.”
“The Use of Androgenic Steroids in Sports,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Oct. 1, 1987
“The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 international, national, and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.”
Email to ProCon.org, Dec. 22, 2008
“The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.”
“About ACSM-Mission,” The American College of Sports Medicine website, 2008
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