Drugs and Sports
Staying true to yourself and the sport
Lance Armstrong confessed his use of various enhancement performance drugs in an interview with Oprah. His reasons and motive for admitting this in a syndicating popular television program, rather than WADA, is questionable, but this is not point in this article. I will let others judge and dispute his judgement calls and behavior, as well as why or how he can or should repair the damage he has done to the sport, himself and to others. I will, however, like to address the reasons why athletes may fall victim to the use of the enhancement performing drugs, and how the use of some of these drugs can cause personality changes.
It seems that the most common reasons that athletes turn to drugs to improve their results are;
1. Pressure from coaches. The feeling that you may be kicked of the team or not make the team if you do not use drugs.
2. Pressure from teammates. The feeling that you will let them, and that they will not accept you if you don’t do what they do, or what they want you to do.
3. Insecurity.The feeling that everyone is doing it, so therefore, you will never the best if you don’t use drugs yourself.
Although the first two points are crucial , I would like to emphasis the third point, which deals with insecurity.
Most people have character traits and abilities which mirror feelings of security as well as insecurity. A proper balance of the two, is healthy since you can help yourself develop through your strengths and weaknesses. However, an individual who cannot maintain this balance may be either over- or under confident. This self-doubt sets him up to the temptations of using drugs that can boost his confidence chemically. The individual knows that this is cheating, but the promise of performing better, overrides the moral compass that this is cheating. Rationalizing that everyone else is doing it, often makes it easier to shift ones moral compass. But once the line is crossed, you have crossed over from the sports area that you may have originally chosen when you began to compete. An area, of fairness and equality , where you and others worked hard to exceed your own physical and mental boundaries to become a champion.
Performance enhancing drugs are a quick fix to improving your results, but there are other means to reach your goals.
I will, and cannot, compare mental training to performance enhancement drugs.
Mental training is not a quick fix, and it takes the same hard work and commitment that you have devoted to your sport. But with the a mental training professional, you will get the results and reach the goals you are striving for.