PED’s have been used for years, dating back since 1950’s athletes begin taking amphetamines used by Soldiers in WWII. In the MLB ped’s or steroids were on the banned substances list in 1991, but the testing for these substances did not actually begin until 2003. Do to the use of steroids, some of the best MLB players to ever play the game will not be admitted into the hall of fame. The all-time hit king is not there. Nor is the all-time home run king. The guy with the most Cy Young awards? He isn’t there either. However, in the NFL testing began as early of 1987 and began serving suspensions to players in the 1989 season. Ped’s stand for performance enhancing drugs, one may ask what is the use for the substance? There are multiple substances of PED’s most common ones include anabolic androgenic steroids, used to strengthen muscles while reducing body fat. The main anabolic steroid hormone produced by your body’s testosterone. This is the main reason for athletes taking these substances is to increase their athletic ability, used as a sort of boost to your body. The major question in today’s society is if these substances should be used for enhancing your ability in sports, or just physically as a human. Although they do enhance your ability the steroids do cause both acute and chronic effects to physical appearance and also to the nervous system. In which humans must know before taking the substance, and one can say that saving something long term outweighs the having one thing for a short term time period. What is so good about performance enhancer anyways? Why do people take these drugs if they are so illegal? As earlier stated PED’s and steroids increase muscle mass and strength by promoting testosterone production. Steroids also can help one recover much faster in workouts by reducing and helping heal the damage acted upon muscle tissue. Leading to athletes being able to work harder, and cutting the chance of “overworking” causing damage to that muscle. Jose Canseco , is a Cuban-American former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter, who used steroids through his career and admitted in 2005. He the wrote a book called Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big. Explaining the effects of the drug. In the book he states “I don’t recommend steroids for everyone, and I don’t recommend growth hormones for everyone. But for certain individuals. I truly believe, because I’ve experimented with it for so many years, that it can make an average athlete a super athlete. It can make a super athlete – incredible. Just legendary.” (Northwestern School of Professional Studies) Overall steroids make athletes more aggressive, stronger, and bigger. Muscle cells are able to produce more protein, causing increase muscle size and strength gains following resistance training, and being able to recover faster. If this is a results an athlete gets then why doesn’t everyone use the drugs?Many players are known just for the usage of the drug and are not known for what they have done for the game, especially in baseball, and football, there are numerous cases were players have not been able to be inducted into the hall of fame due to the usage of steroid or a type of PED. Barry Bonds is the all time hitting king in home runs, but is said he did not know the substances he took where performance enhancers as his trainer described the drugs as linseed oil and rubbing balm, which the BALCO investigators say were PEDs. A major era known as the “steroid era” affected the MLB, when a number of players were believed to have used performance-enhancing drugs, although the start of usage of these steroids is not exact but is believed to occur the most from the 1980’s all the way up to the late 2000’s. The usage of PED’s was actually banned in 1991 but was not tested until 2003. This meant that player’s most likely could use the drug without being caught. In the 1990’s more homeruns was outstanding, while just three players reached the 50-home run mark in any season between 1961 and 1994, many players in the mid 1990’s would pass this mark. Mark McGwire in 1996 hit 52 home runs with the Oakland Athletics, which led the league during the time period, and also he was out for part of the season. During the 1997 season Mark was close to breaking the all time homerun record ending with 58 home runs while the homerun record was 61 set by Roger Maris in 1961. In 1998, McGwire and Sosa shared the “Sportsman of the Year” honor from Sports Illustrated. During the 1998 season Mark admitted to using androstenedione, a substance that was banned by the National Football League and the NCAA. At the time the drug was not legal in the MLB. “McGwire’s record stood for only three years, as Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit 73 home runs to top the majors in 2001. Bonds notched 73 homers despite failing to reach the 50-home run plateau in any prior season. He also hit his 500th career home run that season, and reached the 600 HR mark just a season later.” To any drug there are side, ranging from sleepiness to a fallen off limb, side effects are present. So what side effects are present in PED’s and steroid usage? There a different risk for different performance enhancing drugs all depending on the sensitivity of the human, how much is exposed or intake into a human, and the humans structure, all play a role in deciding the effects of the drugs can have on one being. Anabolic steroids have showed an increase of potential fatal risk, which include heart attack and heart rhythm problems. Other PED’s “can also raise blood pressure, and anabolic steroids can raise “bad” cholesterol while lowering “good” cholesterol levels, contributing to long-term heart disease. Among those at greatest risk are young athletes who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – typically an inherited thickening of the heart muscle.” (Performance-Enhancing Drugs & The Heart) Overall many problems can occur while taking these drugs, and they must be monitored. So the main question is it worth taking ped’s knowing the side effects? The answer is no, due to all the side effects from the drug and also the drug can also be looked as a cheat code in sports, rather than building strength naturally. A life has to be looked upon as long term rather than short term, once someone knows you take one of these ped’s your social status and the way people view you also becomes negative. You may have a good 5-7 years of looking fit and having a good career, but looking long term that is too long, especially when the drug may even caused death. Overall ped’s should be taken or should be used to increase your performance, this is the reason for practice, coaches, routines, and also diet. PED’s and steroids increase muscle mass and strength by promoting testosterone production. Steroids also can help one recover much faster in workouts by reducing and helping heal the damage acted upon muscle tissue, but should not be used due to side effects, and also the negatives way people look at you. Destroying the nervous system and physical appearances causing acne. One can say that saving something long term outweighs the having one thing for a short term time period. Overall peds and steroids should not be taken to get a head start on muscle, this a cheat code, and cheating in life always have negative impacts on one’s life. The only time it would be acceptable to take the steroid is if your body can no longer can produce and generate as fast as it use to, due to age. So many older guys could take this in order to increase muscle mass.