Last updated on: 11/19/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Bioethics Education Project (BEEP) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Taking steroids in combination with a high protein diet and intensive training builds body weight and stimulates muscle development. This increases an athlete’s strength and their speed over short distances. Users report being more aggressive and competitive as well as being able to train harder over longer periods of time. Athletes can train harder because steroids decrease their recovery times helping them recover more quickly from strenuous exercise.

Side effects from taking steroids include liver damage and mood swings where aggressive feelings can be felt up to 24 hours afterwards. There are reports of regular users becoming physically violent and long term use can lead to sex specific side effects such as infertility and baldness in men and hair growth and deepening voice in women. “

“Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport: Anabolic Steroids,” www.beep.ac.uk, 2008

Description:

“[A]n interactive website and virtual learning environment for secondary school science teachers and their students. It is a teaching resource developed to highlight the moral, ethical, social, economic, environmental and technological implications and applications of biology.

BEEP is also a research project; we aim to investigate whether online discussion can be used successfully to support school science teachers. Thus use of the website will be evaluated by researchers at the University of Bristol. Data on method of use and user opinion will be collected and documents and presentations may be published concerning the project. However, end user contribution will be anonymised so that no individual or school will be identifiable in such publications.”

“All About BEEP,” www.beep.ac.uk, 2008

Mission:

“Provide up to date and balanced information that students can use to develop their arguments when debating or discussing ethical issues in science. Raise science teachers’ confidence in dealing with ‘difficult’ topics, uncertainty and debate. Facilitate students’ and teachers‘ discussions of these issues. Enhance students’ learning of the science topics involved. Help equip students to evaluate many sided arguments and come to their own conclusions.”

“All About Beep,” www.beep.ac.uk, 2008

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Why Are Some Performance Enhancing Drugs Legal While Others Are Banned?