Steroids are defined as a “group of compounds that are closely related to testosterone.” Medical use of anabolic steroids to treat conditions such as anemia is considered legal and is controlled by a medical professional. Many athletes and bodybuilders use anabolic steroids illegally to gain a “competitive edge.” Steroids are available in tablet form that can be taken orally and in a liquid form that is commonly injected. Steroids, like any other drug or supplement, have a positive effects on the body.
Steroids are often used for the “positive” effects that are associated with them. Steroids accelerate recovery and healing and are often used during injury treatment. Many bodybuilders take steroids for their ability to increase lean muscle mass and muscle definition and increase strength. Steroids are often used by athletes to help increase the effectiveness of training regimens.
Training & Performance Effects
Steroids are often used to enhance sports performance and increase the benefits of training. Although there are positive training benefits associated with steroid use, there are detrimental effects associated with their use as well. Use of steroids greatly increases the risk of muscle tears and tendon injuries. The occurrence of muscle cramps is also dramatically increased with steroid use, which can impact training regimens and athletic performance.