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College Athletes For Hire - In the area of collegiate sports, there have been numerous heated debates about the integrity of many things concerning the NCAA and how it handles legal and ethical issues. Two well renowned scholars tackle this issue in their co-authored book entitled “College Athletes for Hire, The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA’s Amateur Myth” written by Allen L. Sack and Ellen J. Staurowsky. In their book, the authors enlighten the reader on such issues as athletic scholarships, professionalism in college sports, and favoritism for athletes as well as many more important legal, and ethical issues that we as a country need to address....   [tags: essays research papers] 1393 words
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Media, Sports, Athletes, and the Health of Children - "Image is nothing, thirst is everything." This is a slogan used by the soft drink Sprite. It tells a consumer not to buy a product because of the labeling, packaging, or the way it is presented, but to instead buy it because it tastes good. This seems to be an honest and open statement, not what you would expect to hear in an advertisement. Ironically though, just before this slogan flashes on the screen, Kobe Bryant and Grant Hill, two of the NBA's rising starts, are shown talking about how wonderful Sprite is....   [tags: Media Argumentative Persuasive Argument] 947 words
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Sports Are More Important than Education - As of 2007, a total of 15.6 million undergraduate college students attended school in search of a higher level of education ("How Many?"). In spring of 2013, only 14,473,884 students attended an American college or university, constituting a decrease of 1,126,116 students compared to 2007 ("College Enrollment "). One reason for the decrease is that some students do not have any plan for after high school, however most student-athletes do. It is often said that education should come before anything else, an example being athletics....   [tags: student-athletes]
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Drug Abuse Among Professional Athletes - Drug abuse among professional basketball players is a problem as old as time. In some circumstances it may not be the athletes fault. For example when they are treating a minor cough or a cold, the medications used will sometimes contain small amounts of alcohol. On the other hand some athletes purposely abuse drugs for a variety of reasons. Some attempt to cover up the presence of other drug abuse but most abuse drugs because they will enhance their performance. The most common abused drugs in professional basketball are: anabolic steroids, marijuana, and amphetamines....   [tags: Substance Abuse Essays] 953 words
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Assiduous Athletes - Assiduous Athletes Not many people know the onus of being a student athlete in college. This burden set on them has caused the graduation rate of scholarship players to average at about fifty percent from 1995 to 1998. In order to be eligible to play, the athletes must be full-time students , which means taking at least twelve units a semester. Because these athletes are taking so many classes, they must make time for a considerable amount of studying and homework. Then add up the amount of practice their sport requires and I doubt they will find a second to rest....   [tags: essays papers] 857 words
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Professional High School Athletes - Professional High School Athletes Today's athletes are bigger, stronger, and faster than ever. A man can run 325 feet in less than ten seconds. A man can jump fifty inches vertically off his flat feet. There is an instinct in everyone that makes him or her wonder, "how do they do that?" or "I want to be like that!" These athletes are breaking boundaries every year, setting new standards and higher bars. These athletes are also getting younger… much younger. This causes much debate on how young is too young to be the best....   [tags: Papers] 3074 words
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Drug and Alcohol Use by Student Athletes - Drug and Alcohol Use by Student Athletes The topic that I have chosen is student athletes' use of drugs and alcohol. I'm interested to see if the old theory that student athletes tend to stay away from these things still holds true today. From my own personal experience as a former high school and college football player, I doubt that this is true. I'd also like to find some studies that may compare student athletes to the general student body to see if there is a correlation of usage between these two groups....   [tags: Papers] 1050 words
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college athletes - College athletes are manipulated every day. Student athletes are working day in and day out to meet academic standards and to keep their level of play competitive. These athletes need to be rewarded and credited for their achievements. Not only are these athletes not being rewarded but they are also living with no money. Because the athletes are living off of no money they are very vulnerable to taking money from boosters and others that are willing to help them out. The problem with this is that the athletes are not only getting themselves in trouble but their athletic departments as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 874 words
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University of Oklahoma Sooner Housing Center: Maintaining Athletes' Focus - Not all colleges’ focus on ensuring that their athletes succeed both their respective sport and in their education. The University of Oklahoma (referred to as “OU”) demonstrates its commitment to success in the classroom and on the field, by providing students with the Sooner Housing Center. The Sooner Housing Center provides a family-like environment, which ensures OU athletes maintain a strong balance between academics and athletics by emphasizing the athlete’s educational achievements in addition to their sports accomplishments....   [tags: university of Oklahoma, college athletics]
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Professional Sports - Injured Athletes and Early Retirement - Injured Athletes and Early Retirement     The rise to become a professional athlete requires passion, dedication and years of preparation. To play a sport at such a high competitive level and intensity the athlete must be in excellent physical and mental health. Athlete's of "Magic" Johnson's and Bo Jackson's caliber had the dedication and determination to be the best. The negative feelings the athlete endures after injury or illness is overwhelming and can lead to early retirement, but if this all they invested in; most have not thought a lot about a career after sports....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples]
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Some Athletes Are Criminals not Role Models - Some Athletes Are Criminals not Role Models The fact that athletes are role models does not correspond with the reality that they often get away with criminal acts. The growing trend of finding athletes involved with criminal acts is growing at a considerable rate. Though these so-called role models are in the eye of many, the officials and judges elected to determine their guilt usually let these athletes get off. Athletes, though some of them wish not to be, are role models. They are who we watch in our free time, and therefore we would like to be them....   [tags: Papers] 1111 words
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Positive Effects of Athletes as Role Models - Positive Effects of Athletes as Role Models "An athlete with undying will, tremendous courage, awesome defense, and unbelievable scoring. Michael Jordan, a man who seems to be without a weakness, makes a great role model for youths and adults ("Role Models on"). Michael Jordan shows he is also a great person off the court by the way he has given his money to charities and has dealt with the difficulties in his life. This is a person who is looked up to and admired by people everywhere. Michael Jordan is a role model, just as all athletes in the spotlight....   [tags: Papers] 1443 words
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Paying College Athletes - Should college athletes get paid more money. There has been a constant debate the past few years on whether college athletes, particularly football players, should get paid. In 1988, the Nebraska legislature passed a bill that would allow the University of Nebraska football players to receive better cash incentives. The bill was later vetoed by Governor Kay Orr, who was governor of Nebraska at the time (O’Toole etal. 2). . The dispute comes from coaches, parents of the players, and the players themselves arguing that universities make money off their own athletes and the athletes, in turn, do not receive any money from that....   [tags: essays research papers] 861 words
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Hidetoshi Nakata - A Japanese National Idol - He is one of the most successful exports from Asia; in fact, he has opened many opportunities for Asian soccer players to play overseas. For nine years, he’s made himself a single most recognizable soccer player from Japan or even Asia has ever produced. But few truly know the man behind the mask; he is a sport superstar, who took Japanese soccer and Asian soccer to the worlds stage. A national idol, whose website can draw “fifteen million hits in a single day”(1). A fashion icon, noted for his sharp fashion sense and sharper haircut....   [tags: Professional Athletes] 808 words
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Outline: Pro Athletes As Role Models - Thesis: Professional athletes need to censor/behave themselves better in this media strong age. Organizing Sentence: It may be wishful thinking for our beloved professional athletes to be proper role models for kids; but some may say that athletes should still have an obligation to be role models on the grounds of always being on a public stage, the abuse of drugs and steroids kids bring on is largely because of what they see the professional sport heroes doing, and particularly the African-American race needs them as role models....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]
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Steroid Use By Athletes Should be Banned -      It is amazing what athletes will do to achieve higher levels of performance and to sometimes get the extra edge on the competition. Most of the time people do not realize the long-term effects that result from the decisions they make early in life. This resembles the use of steroids in a person’s life.      Steroids became an option to athletes in the Olympics and other major sporting events during the 1950’s. But this use of steroids among athletes only became widely apparent when Canadian sprint runner Ben Johnson tested positive for steroid use after winning the gold medal for the one hundred-meter dash during the 1988 Olympics (Francis, 45)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Steroids Essays]
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The Causes of Delayed Menarche in Female Athletes - - THE CAUSES OF DELAYED MENARCHE IN FEMALE ATHLETES - INTRODUCTION Greater emphases on the benefits of exercise have led to a greater participation of women in sport at all levels. Exercise has been promoted, endorsed and encouraged in the medical community as a way to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. While moderate exercise does provide valuable benefits, intensive exercise associated with elite female athletes poses serious health risks to the female body. The female reproductive system is very intricate and highly sensitive to physiological stress....   [tags: essays research papers] 615 words
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The Double Life of Athletes Using Steroids - The Double Life of Athletes Using Steroids Some Athletes in society today are considered heroes despite their double lives. Their drug use and violence are brushed aside while leading their teams to victory. Who is your hero. If that question was asked to a group of people, some might think of loved ones or family, and some may talk about doctors, firemen, or even a teacher. However, most would probably say their hero was some celebrity or star athlete. While some celebrities and athletes can justifiably be labeled "heroes", there are some people who may appear to be heroic, but lead a completely different life off the field....   [tags: Papers] 1209 words
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Why Athletes Choke in the Big Games? - All sports fans have heard athletes comment that they “choked” or just couldn’t win the big game. The topic that will be addressed in this paper deals with the outcome of sporting events and why athletes continue to choke during and at the end of extremely important competitions. Baumeister (1992) found that “the choking reflex can be attributed to psychoneuromuscular influences”(p.3). My interest in the subject comes from being a big sports fan and a former athlete. And also from hearing people make comments such as, Scott Norwood and the entire Buffalo Bills football team are “chokers”....   [tags: essays research papers] 428 words
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Athletes and Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports -   Abstract:  Since the beginning of sports competition, athletes have always looked for some kind of an edge over their competitors.  They will do whatever it takes to be one of the elite and that includes injecting supplements into their bodies to make them bigger, stronger, and faster.  Steroid use is probably one of the most common drug misuses in sports competition.  Athletes found that with anabolic steroids one could become a better athlete twice as fast.  Not until 1975 was the drug first banned from Olympic competition because of the health risks it produced.  Shortly thereafter, the rest of the sports world did not allow anabolic steroids as well.  With the use of steroids...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Effects of Athletics on Student Performance - Across the United States of America, approximately 55% of students participate in extracurricular sports activities. (Koebler, Jason. "High School Sports Participation Increases for 22nd Straight Year." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 02 Sept. 2011. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.) Academic performance, popularity, and physical fitness are all directly affected by involvement in athletics. Overall, and contrary to popular belief, those students who participate in athletic activities often have higher physical, mental and emotional abilities than their non-participating peers....   [tags: Student Athletes, Academic Performance]
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Athletes Should NOT Be Accepted Over Other Students - The major issue that athletes are being accepted into colleges over highly standard students is becoming more common as the years go by. It seems to be simply unfair to the student. Choosing athletes over academics is also setting the college to be less selective. Being a competitive athlete gives them a higher chance to be admitted into a college before a “ordinary student”. Other underrepresented groups would include minority students and alumni relations. Athletes are recruited to become part of that specific institution therefore; it gives them a significant statistical advantage during the admission process....   [tags: essays papers] 1997 words
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The Reality of a Soviet-style Sports System - China has been known for their medal winning athletes and Olympic success throughout history. This large communistic country carries with it a reputation of being harsh on its athletes and it begs the question, what exactly have they done to become one of the most athletically successful countries in the world and just how far will they go. “China’s methods would not be allowed elsewhere”(11) says British athlete, Joanna Parker. Although they often take home the gold at the Olympics, they have a very Soviet style sports system which involves harsh training where children are recruited at early ages and taken from their homes....   [tags: china, athletes, olympics]
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Use of Performance Enhancing Substances by Athletes is Wrong - Use of Performance Enhancing Substances by Athletes is Wrong What would you be willing to do to become a professional athlete. This is a question that demands more than a fleeting thought, because not only will becoming a successful professional athlete bring you millions of dollars, but you will achieve fame, fortune and worldwide recognition. Along with that you will be getting paid a lot to do something that you really love and enjoy. It seems like professional athletes have it all. They are as worshipped as movie stars, allowed to act like rock stars and always seem to age gracefully after their sports careers are over....   [tags: Drugs Steroids Sports] 718 words
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Student Athletes Should Not Receive Additional Money - Student Athletes Should Not Receive Additional Money When a student athlete signs a letter of intent to play at a division one school, he or she is generally happy for the opportunity to perform at the highest level of college competition. Like all good things though, they eventually come to an end. After awhile athletes soon begin to realize not all of their expenses are paid for. Because some of the extra costs in college are put on student athletes, some suggest the NCAA and other sources should provide additional funding to help athletes out....   [tags: Argumentative Argument Sports Papers] 2490 words
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Collegiate Athletes Have A Different College Experience - Collegiate Athletes Have A Different College Experience Everyone has his or her own ideas of what the ‘college experience’ should include and be like. Some thoughts on the subject include going out a lot, meeting lots of new people, and dating many different people. Other people consider it the education, and finding someone to settle down with. “The college experience means your academic and social experiences you have during your time in college. They are the friends you meet, and hang out with....   [tags: Athletics Sports Essays] 1671 words
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Professional Sports - Athletes do Not Deserve What they are Paid - Professional Athletes do Not Deserve What the Earn Wouldn't it be great to make 31.3 million dollars a year and an additional 47 million dollars in endorsements simply to play a game. Michael Jordan, along with many other professional athletes thinks so. In the 1996 season, playing 3,106 minutes Michael Jordan made 170,000 dollars a day, equaling out to be 160.97 dollars a second. Even more unbelievable are Mike Tyson's earnings in his match with Peter McNeeley. In a single second, he made 281,000 dollars ("Professional AthletesÉ")....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1240 words
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Models of Choking: A Study of Sport performance Under Pressure. - Choking, as defined in this article, refers to “a critical deterioration in skill execution leading to substandard performance that is caused by an elevation in anxiety levels under perceived pressure at a time when successful outcome is normally attainable by the athlete”. A point to take note of is that to date, researchers have not been able to entirely agree on an operational definition of ‘choking’. This can be seen where Mesagno, Marchant, and Morris (2009) defined choking as “the critical deterioration in the execution of habitual processes that results from an increase in anxiety under perceived pressure”....   [tags: Choking, athletes, PPR]
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Salaries Gone Unjustified in the US - Imagine a man going to work on the farm every day. He works endlessly for hours and hours tending to the crops, feeding the animals in the hot scorching sun, wishing he could sit down and take a break… a break that just never comes. He will work until his swollen and bruised feet give out under him. He is working to put food on the table. He is working so that he won’t have to watch his wife and kids die. Now imagine a different man, he is a NFL player. He will work hard to emerge victorious. Now which man should be paid more....   [tags: professional athletes, money, salaries]
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Performance Enhancing Drugs in Professional Sports - It is NFL Sunday and you are ready to see some of your favorite athletes to go head to head on the grid iron. However, you notice something a little different your favorite athlete seems to be more aggressive and his body has changed substantially. That famous athlete that you know and adore was caught for taking performance enhancing drugs that was the reasoning for your unanswered questions about his odd transformations. Bigger, better, stronger each professional athlete tries to achieve that when they are preparing to compete in their sport, but there are some that get a little help to be better, bigger, and stronger....   [tags: athletes, nfl, illegal substance]
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Sports Nutrition: Improving Performance - Serious athletes push their limits to become stronger and faster. A key feature of physical activity is that it increases the rate of energy use, causing athletes to have a greater need for energy nutrients (carbohydrate, protein, and fat) (Bernardot, 2006). The practice of sports nutrition has evolved over the years and has become increasingly complex. At one time, the focus was on achieving a high protein intake, especially animal protein. This idea is attractive since it is easy to believe that a high intake of protein will support the building and repair of muscle proteins....   [tags: serious athletes, adequate intake]
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Paying the Way for The Future of SPorts - The Bible states in Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower becomes the lender's slave.” The rich NCAA and universities rule over the poorer student athletes. These student athletes are borrowing an education with their scholarships and in return are expected to become the slave of the university. The student athletes live in the debt of the university and frequently don’t have enough money for clothes, food, and basic needs. This is just one of the many reasons why college student athletes should be compensated for a percentage of what the university makes due to their success....   [tags: rich, poor, NCAA, athletes]
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College Sports and Money - College athletes should not be paid and the reasoning for that opinion is that college athletes attend school to get a degree not to become rich and famous afterwards. A majority of college athletes are attending school with all expenses paid so there is no reason for them to be receiving money from outside sources. If college athletes were to be paid for playing their specific sport then a lot of them would not try as hard as they do now because they don’t have to worry about making it to the pros, they would just settle for what they receive now....   [tags: college athletes, talents, payment]
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Young Athletes Should Not Be Specialized Too Early - Young Athletes Should Not Be Specialized Too Early In the world of sports today there is a much greater interest in finding talent at a very young age. Unfortunately, one must question whether this interest is a personal interest for others who have something to gain, or a genuine beneficial interest for the young athlete. It seem as though everyone today has the "what's in it for me mentality", which can be dangerous. These people, whether it be other athletes, coaches, or parents train athletes at too young of an age....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 525 words
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Aerobic Fitness in Basketball: A Case Study - Aerobic Fitness Assessment Scenario This study will involve an offseason basketball-training program. The study will consists of male varsity basketball members ranging in age from 17 to 19. These 24 team members will be juniors and seniors at the local high school, and they will have been active members of the basketball program since their ninth grade year. The head and assistant basketball coaches along with the athletic trainer will be responsible for this study and will use the basketball gymnasium and school training room....   [tags: high school gymnasium, athletes]
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The Most Evil Thing About College Sports - Peonage Behind every master receiving praise for a successful meal there is a hard working maid. I can recall times after thanksgiving dinner sitting down with my great grandmother her telling me stories of her past. Stories of her master sitting down at a table full of his guests, he smiling and receiving all the accolades. The immaculate dinner and table setting for that evening all done by her. She would speak of the look that was on his face as if all the attention he was receiving was unwarranted....   [tags: athletes, selection process, production]
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Media, Sexualisation and Female Tennis. - Within todays sporting community, certain aspects of sport and its practices promote and construct ideas that sport in general is a male dominated. Sports media often provides an unequal representation of genders. Women athletes are regularly perceived as mediocre in comparison to their male equivalents (Lenskyj, 1998). Achievement in sport is generally established through displays of strength, speed and endurance, men usually set the standards in these areas, consequently woman rarely reach the level set by top male athletes....   [tags: female athletes, sports, media]
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Choosing Between Low-Fat and Low-Carb Diets - Kay’s compromise is setting her up for troubles. She is doing the acceptable thing by researching the issue however she has missed some finer points. While fats at 9 calories per gram do in fact yield more calories per gram than carbohydrates which are 4 calories per gram and as such do indeed have a greater potential for energy use she is misguided in her thinking and taking an approach where she drops her carbohydrates low and takes in high fat in her diet is perverting the facts. A diet of the energy-dense fats will not be better for her in this event....   [tags: Energy and Intake in Sprint Athletes]
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Elite Athletes are Being Paid too Much - Are elite athletes/sports men or women being paid too much if not how are there high salaries justified, if so, why, and how could there money be put to better use. To most people one million dollars a lot of money, to most people one thousand dollars is a lot, but even though it is hard to believe, to some people these figures mean nothing. It is no secret that professional athletes particularly those who play soccer, golf, and race F1 cars make big bucks, but people do not realize to what extent....   [tags: essays research papers] 979 words
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Domestic Violence by Professional Athletes is Nothing New - A penalty flag is down for a growing number of professional athletes. Some, accused of domestic violence, others charged with assault. What has caused this sudden increase in domestic violence by professional athletes. Nothing. There has not been any increase at all. Professional athletes have been beating and abusing women for a long, long time. Years ago, a lady called 911 and said that her husband was beating her. She wanted to file a report, but then asked the dispatcher if it was going to be in the paper the next day....   [tags: Violence Against Women Essays]
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The Olympic Games: Olympic Level Fencing - Olympic Level Fencing: Men’s Foil Individual Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning Fencing The Olympic Games bring together individuals that are exceptional and impeccably dominant within their particular concentration of training and athletics. Olympic Games have an array of events and/or sports that range from individual to team competitions, and are either sport related activities or are combat related, such as fencing. Fencing is the sport of sword fighting, which was first known to be organized in 14th century Germany with heavier and larger swords, but fencing has evolved into utilizing a lighter sword for fencers to move much quicker in combat, competition and now a rec...   [tags: sports, athletes, fencers, performance]
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Reform Models in Collegiate Sports - Over the past 100 years, college sports have attracted controversy pertaining to how they should be treated, that is, as business opportunities or academic vocation. Different reforms have been initiated, with academicians and researchers coming up with different models explaining how college sports and sports people should be treated. These models seek to understand and give directions on the need for balancing education with commercialized sports. Three key conceptual models have been initiated to reform college sports by scholars such as Craughron, Benford, Smith and Gerdy (Sack, 2009)....   [tags: Athletes, College, Students, Sports]
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Steroid a Big Fraud in Sports - Thesis Statement The use of steroids by athletes has become very prevalent to improve performance in their sport, and have a better physical appearance, in order to get fame and money. The use of anabolic steroids by athletes has become common in modern times in order to improve their performance in the sports they play. I strongly disagree with the use of steroids by athletes because three main reasons. First, it is a fraud the use of any method that makes people become better in sports, because that will also let fraud in any other aspect of our live....   [tags: Steroids, Sports, Athletes, Fraud]
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College Sports: Paying Division One Athletes - College Sports: Paying Division One Athletes A huge debate has been on the rise lately relating to why division one athletes should get paid on top of obtaining a scholarship. The proposal states that athletes should be eligible to receive money based on a percentage of profit their school makes. Although some say division one athletes already have all of their needs taken care of, helping athletes with extra expenses in college is essential. Because full ride scholarships take care of most costs for athletes, many argue they already have school paid for, and extra money isn’t necessary....   [tags: College Sports] 1004 words
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College Sports - Universities Must Compensate Student Athletes - Colleges and Universities Must Compensate Student Athletes Today, sports are no longer fun and games, sports are a business, and college sports are no different. College sports provide a huge source of universities’ income. The school takes in money from ticket sales, television contracts, and sport-related merchandise, just to name a few. The athletes, however, receive their scholarship and little more. While the prospect of receiving a free college education is something few would complain about, when the issue is more closely examined it becomes evident that it is not enough....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Use of Steroids in Sports - Professional sports are America’s way of exhibiting true athleticism and skill, but when an athlete uses steroids, it not only diminishes the integrity of the sport, but also the integrity of America as a country. Since the beginning of sports, people have competed to be the best they could be, whether it be Romans fighting to the death, or friendly competition. Although these drugs may be the gateway, or shortcut to success, the athletes who abuse these drugs are not aware of how much they impact the sport and their self....   [tags: athletes, drugs, antidoping]
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High School Athletes Should Not Turn Pro - High School Athletes Should Not Turn Pro Lebron James and Freddy Adu are both young athletes and with millions in their pockets with a countless number of endorsement contracts. Whether it is high school athletes skipping college and discontinuing the development of their education for millions of dollars, or teenagers signing contracts with businesses for massive amounts of money, youth sports programs are changing rapidly. However, American high school athletes are not financially, physically, or mentally prepared to tackle and endure the pressures of professional sports....   [tags: Professional Sports Argumentative Essays]
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How Much Protein Do Athletes Need? - How Much Protein Do Athletes Need. WHAT IS PROTEIN. Protein is made up of essential and non - essential amino acids. A chain of amino acids is called a polypeptide. The human body can make the non - essential amino acids, whereas the essential amino acids must be ingested through food. Protein is found in food, and is most highly concentrated in animal sources than other sources. It is digested by the human body, and broken down into its amino acid components, beginning in the stomach. An enzyme disassembles the protein polypeptide chains into smaller components, which are broken down again and again in order to facilitate the digestion process....   [tags: Health Food Vitamins Essays]
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Sports Have No Room for Performance Enhancers - People talk about the great players that have played before, Lawrence Taylor, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan. These players were amazing athletes who played the game they loved every day. These legends would give one hundred and ten percent every time they stepped onto the field, into the court, or onto the rink. One thing we do not associate with these players is the use of any illegal substances to boost their level of play. But today we have gold medalists being stripped of their Olympic medals, players facing a lifetime ban, and every day another athlete being suspended for a shorter period of time....   [tags: Professional Sports, Athletes, Steroids]
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Why Should School Sports be Eliminated? - “Sports are a big thing here” says Jenny, a student who moved to America from South Korea. (Ripley, Amanda. “The Case against School Sports.” The Atlantic. 4 November 2013.) Well that’s for sure. America’s high-school academic scores are lower than they’ve ever been before, but instead of worrying about that they’re sitting around worried about which team is going to win the next big game. There are all types of different sports in schools all over the country. Basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football, tennis, etc....   [tags: Sports, School, Athletes, Education]
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Jesse Owens' Overcoming of Hurdles and Winning the Olympics in 1936 - Can you imagine embarrassing the infamous Adolf Hitler in front of the whole world. Jesse Owens did that in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was not an easy road for him to get there, but he did it by putting enough effort and hard work forward. Jesse Owens was able to overcome racial judgment by surviving a poverty struck childhood, training hard in school, and by winning the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Jesse Owens' childhood was unparalleled to any other child's with how hard it was. His parents struggled to get everyone in his family fed since their family consisted of twelve people (“Jesse Owens”)....   [tags: Sports History, Athletes]
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Steroid Usage in the Olympic Games - ... In result, anabolic steroids are made to strengthen the anabolic effects and weaken the androgenic effects (Fahey para. 1). These anabolic steroids work on muscle cells to produce protein (Fahey para. 1). The original uses of anabolic steroids were to help sufferers of cancer and AIDS, who have weaker muscles; however, athletes realized that it speeds up the muscle building process (Peterson para. 5). When athletes lift heavy weights, there are tiny gashes in your muscle fiber. The human body will naturally repair these tiny tears and fills the tears with bigger cells than needed to make the fiber stronger (Peterson para....   [tags: athletes, enhancing abilities, speed]
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Professional Athletes Deserve Their Pay! - There was a time when men played for the love of the game; when competition alone satisfied the male ego. This age of basketball featured greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Oscar Robinson. These gladiators, and those like them, battled repeatedly winning league championships, MVP’s, scoring titles, and other accolades. Then, the product of James Naismith moved into an era where the love continued, but money was added. Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkely, Reggie Miller and Tim Hardaway have become league “poster–boys” for commercials and shoe contracts....   [tags: Professional Athletes] 2945 words
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The Use of Steroids in Athletics and its Effects on Athletes - The Use of Steroids in Athletics and its Effects on Athletes According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, an athlete is defined as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Athletes train and practice year-round to prepare for the competition and challenges. At times during the preparation, injuries are sustained and fatigue is endured. To rid themselves of these obstacles, athletes take performance-enhancing drugs, which are also known as steroids....   [tags: Athletics Sports Drugs Steroids Essays]
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Athletes, and Sports - Benefits of Supplements in Athletic Training - Athletic Benefits of Supplements The Development of drugs and supplements used by mankind has evolved from what it once was in its early stages of existence. As with all man-made things, it is said that anything made by man can be improved (Moore, p35). With this concept, almost anything in nature can apply. In this case, the development of anabolic supplements and the human body. In the later years, the usage of supplements in sporting events have helped athletes achieve new goals which could not have been accomplished through training alone....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essay Examples] 2754 words
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Athletic Privileges in College Programs - Current student athletes at colleges get treated like they are part of the royal family. A majority, if not all, of their schooling is paid for, they have their own academic centers to work in that are provided with tutors if needed, better housing units, and the list can go on and on. Many would say that this is acceptable, that they worked hard to play for a college team; however, several are against it. Athletes should be given more privileges than the average college student, but not as many are received....   [tags: student athletes, college athletics, sports] 1031 words
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Drug and alcohol violations on college campuses - Greek members and Athlete students are involved with drugs and alcohol more than college students that are not part of Greek life or athletes. As of the peer pressure and the exposure exhibited in their surroundings does have an impact on their use of drugs and alcohol. For most students, they like to go to college to gain new opportunities to experience college life and to experiment with different things. The United States has over 7,000 higher education institutions and over 15 million students (Brain Track, 2013)....   [tags: Greek Life, College Athletes, Drugs]
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Athletes and Steroids - If Rob Garibaldi had one wish it would be to play major league baseball. Growing up he played baseball throughout high school and college. There was one problem. He wasn’t as big as the other players. Beginning in his junior year of high school he was strongly influenced to take supplements to increase his strength. A few years later, after continued use of steroids, his life started to spiral out of control. He was feeling very depressed, struggling academically, and had become very aggressive....   [tags: persuasive, argumentative essays]
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Rhetorical Analysis: The Real Scandal - In “The Real Scandal,” Sharon Begley and Martha Brant develop an argument against the tacit allowance of the use of “banned” performance-enhancing drugs among Olympic athletes. The 1999 Newsweek cover story details incidents involving individual athletes caught using banned substances, the continuous race between the discovery and detection of new performance-enhancing drugs, and examples of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) complacency. In particular, the authors question the validity of the IOC’s current drug testing policies and protocols within the context of their self-defined role to “lead the fight against doping in sport” and “encourage and support measures protecting the...   [tags: Begley, Brant, enhancing drugs, Olympic athletes]
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Anabolic Steroid Use Must be Stopped - Athletic competition has been part of society since the early beginnings of man. Gladiators, wrestlers, and sprinters are some the early types of athletes that competed. Mankind seems to have been born with a desire to compete; every man feels the need to have dominance over another man. These facts are even apparent in today's society. Now there are all kinds of sports to choose from, and many of these sports are played at a professional level. These sporting events give individuals that chance to be the better of another person, just as the earlier ones did....   [tags: Anabolic Steroids Use by Athletes] 2126 words
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