In many schools athletes are required to sign a contract in order to play
sports. The contracts include of many rules and regulations that prohibit
activities that will jeopardize the athlete’s performance. The use of drugs
and alcohol are strictly forbidden. Vandalism and other actions that would
result in any type of illegal happenings is also banned. The main problem with the
contracts is that the students don’t always obey them. Many athletes will
still go out and party and drink and smoke and get into other activities
that will harm their minds and bodies.
“Stimulants” are drugs that stimulate the central nervous
system and produce an increase in alertness and activity. They include
caffeine, cocaine, and the amphetamines. The amphetamines are composed of
three closely related drugs that stimulate the central nervous system and
promote a feeling of alertness and an increase in speech and general
physical activity. Some people take these drugs under medical supervision to
control their appetite, but many of these drugs are used at parties to “get
high.” Overuse and abuse have been associated with all of the stimulant
drugs, but risks are the greatest with the amphetamines and cocaine.
Narcotics are drugs that relieve pain and often induce sleep.
Narcotics include opium and drugs derived from opium, such as
morphine, codeine, and heroin. Narcotics also include certain synthetic
chemicals that have a morphine-like action, such as methadone. Most of these
drugs will leave a lasting effect for more then one day. Like a hangover
from alcohol, these drugs will make you extremely tired or even sick the
next day. Drugs are prohibited by athletic departments because they alter
your performance. If an athlete uses one of these drugs they can have
lasting effect on them sometime during a game or at practice. All drugs are
illegal, and by athletes using them they set a bad example. Many younger
students look up to the “star” athletes in a school and if they use drugs
that is not a good impression to make.
Schools do have punishments for athletes caught violating the contract but
most of the time they aren’t harsh enough. Drugs are a very serious problem
in all students lives, but if athletes use them they can have a even worse
effect. They could even jeopardize possible scholarships that an athlete
could achieve. Drugs in any shape or form have soo much of a serious
effect of the body that noone should even want to do them and if they
do they’re only wasting their own lives away.