When I take a look at in the present day’s baseball gamers, I simply cannot consider how massive they’re. They are bigger and stronger than one of the best gamers of the Nineteen Thirties to Nineteen Seventies. Babe Ruth, arguably the best hitter who ever lived, was a fats elephant with comparatively small muscular tissues and an enormous stomach in comparison with the typical participant immediately. The greatest baseball gamers on the planet 30 years in the past in all probability wouldn’t even make the key league groups as a result of they have been to small and too weak.
You might say that the rationale they’re greater is as a result of they raise weights, as a result of athletes did not raise weights thirty years in the past. You are proper, however I raise weights and I do not seem like the smallest baseball gamers in the present day. Very few individuals who carry weights develop muscular tissues that stretch their skins to the restrict. An article in Sports Illustrated quotes baseball participant Ken Caminiti, saying that “a minimum of half the gamers are utilizing steroids”. That needs to be true. When you carry a heavy weight, your muscle tissues tear, so you are feeling sore the subsequent day. Then you’re taking the subsequent two to 10 days straightforward to permit the soreness to go away and your muscle mass to heal, as a result of you realize that when the soreness goes away, your muscle mass might be stronger than they have been earlier than you lifted and broken them. Soon you discover out you can carry very heavy weights solely as soon as each week or two, and that lifting heavy extra typically than that may make your muscle tissues sore on a regular basis so you possibly can’t even raise a bat or throw a baseball. You are caught with gaining the advantages of lifting heavy weights solely about as soon as each ten days.
Then some one tells you to attempt steroids. You have been advised to not take them as a result of steroid tablets go to your liver the place they decrease blood ranges of the great HDL ldl cholesterol to extend your danger for coronary heart assault. Your associates inform you that when you take anabolic steroids or male hormones by injection, the steroids do not even attain your liver, so they do not trigger coronary heart assaults. So you begin taking steroid injections and a wierd factor occurs. You used to take ten to 14 days to get well from lifting very heavy weights and abruptly you’ll be able to get well in forty eight hours, so you’ll be able to carry very heavy weights each second or third day. After a few months, you discover that you’ve gained 15 kilos of muscle and you’re hitting the ball additional than you ever did earlier than. Your supervisor is delighted with you as a result of he pays you to hit the lengthy ball as a result of the followers love residence runs they usually idolize house run hitters.
You determine that if getting the injections as soon as every week made you this robust, getting the identical dose twice every week ought to make you even stronger. So you double the dose and also you do turn out to be stronger and also you hit extra residence runs. The followers love you. You really feel no guilt as a result of most ball gamers are getting steroid photographs additionally. Then you go to 3 photographs every week and also you swing arduous at a ball, you hear a pop and your shoulder hurts like hell. You go to the staff doctor who tells you that you’ve torn your rotator cuff and that you must have surgical procedure. You are afraid of surgical procedure, so you aren’t getting it and also you proceed to take two or thee photographs or male hormones every week. Your shoulder heals in six weeks and your physician is shocked that you’ve healed so shortly. You do not inform him why you will have healed, and also you proceed to take the photographs. Then you slide into third base, and break the cartilage in your knee. You go to your physician who does some blood checks and tells you that your liver exams are all irregular. You inform him that you’re on steroids, he tells you that steroids break cartilage and may injury your liver. You cease taking steroids, however your knee by no means heals and you’re out of baseball. Four years later, your knee hurts a lot you could’t sleep at night time and it’s a must to have a knee alternative. Now the one train you are able to do is experience a bicycle.
Anabolic steroids assist you to recuperate quicker so you possibly can raise heavy weights extra typically. This makes you stronger and a greater athlete, however it can also improve your danger for coronary heart assault, trigger liver injury, shrink your testicles, make you infertile, make you act loopy, and ultimately trigger an damage that by no means heals. Is it value it? All the athletes that I have requested say sure. I have a really shut good friend who’s an Olympic champion and was as soon as one of many biggest and most well-known athletes on the earth. He has two knee and one hip replacements. I requested him if it was value it. He checked out me as if I was an fool and stated “in fact”. I know he’s proper as a result of I do not have an Olympic gold medal.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.A.