Writing a steroids in sports research paper
The topic of steroids in sport makes for an excellent topic in a research paper. The topic is current and given a lot of publicity whenever a top ranking professional sports person is charged over drug use in their sport. So you will not be short of research material from even the most basic of places such as daily newspapers. Certainly there are heaps of articles online which provide excellent background information for your research paper.
What are steroids and what do they do?
Your research paper should make clear from the beginning an exact definition of steroids and how these substances impact the human body. Sure the basis of your research paper could deal with the issue of steroids in sport discussing whether or not they should be legal or illegal. But before you get to that argument make sure you explain what they are and what they are used for. It doesn’t have to be an in-depth medical explanation but one which explains the substances and their intended use.
Is it really cheating?
A lot of people argue that using steroids in sport is cheating. It is giving an unfair advantage to one or more athletes over those who do not use steroids. But a counter argument says that a wealthy athlete has an advantage anyway. They can afford the best trainers and the best training facilities and could maybe be training full-time because they don't need to work as they are so wealthy. If that is an unfair advantage then why not allow steroids as well? Why not have a genuine, open-slather policy where any athlete can exploit any technique in order to become better? And if not, then why not prevent wealthy athletes from having an advantage over poor athletes?
You should also be aware that governments both state and federal as well as sporting bodies local, national and international also have laws regarding the use of steroids in sport. What are those laws, how are they applied and do they help prevent the use of these drugs?
Finally you could talk about the fact that the original Olympic athletes in Greece many thousands of years ago saw the greatest achievement in taking part. It was not winning that was important but rather that you were able to compete. This is an interesting argument to add to your research paper.