I think each of you has come across news of an athlete death related to steroid use at some point. In the following article, I address two high-profile, fairly recent bodybuilder deaths in the country from across the great ocean, also known as the USA. At the
outset, it would be appropriate to introduce the cases in question, and these are that
-Rich Piana died as a result of cerebral oedema, caused by a blow to the headfall caused by a heart attack.
-The cause of Dallas McCarver’s death is unknown.
The internet has, as is standard with any death of a gym-related person, rendered a verdict before any official information was available. Steroids are to blame.
Hardly to the former’s disadvantage is the fact that drugs were found in his house, so we have two demons in one case.
The only information leaked to the media is that he was found with “A Class Drugs”, which is untranslatable into our language, because this group includes cannabis, methamphetamine and the dreaded “crocodile”. The official police statement speaks of 20 flacons of steroids and white powder.
According to what we know, we can state with a clear conscience that in both cases the direct cause of death was not steroids, and in one it was not even a heart attack to which they could have contributed.
So don’t these two factors have a link to the premature deaths of the two bodybuilders?
Of course they do.
We’re talking about guys who weighed over 120kg each, had cosmic amounts of anabolic agents floating around in their blood, and the whole thing was kept in check with insulin and growth hormone. It is also no secret that the use of these drugs affects brain function and the excretion of neurotransmitters; amphetamines, ketamine or antideprestanes began to be used in bodybuilding from the very beginning of the emergence of “super mutants”, quite openly spoken about by Greg Kovacs or Nasser El Sonbaty, for example.
At this point I would like to point out that premature deaths in people who abuse steroids do occur, and these indeed in the vast majority have an impact on this, but furthermore their number does not significantly exceed the number of such deaths in people who are not exposed to them.
What I am talking about is…
always laugh and will laugh at the messianism of athletes of every discipline (because it happens not only in bodybuilding), I am even more pitying towards people who, in situations where someone dies as a result of something other than sitting on the sofa, make verbal vomit such as:
“Haha, moron died on steroids”
“He bungee-jumped and he broke his fucking face”
And many others, which you’ve probably heard of course, dying at the age of 25 isn’t something that any of us would want to encounter, but I’m personally more afraid of a life spent paying a mortgage on a shitty flat, in a shitty neighbourhood, surrounded by people whose life’s achievement is leasing a trendy SUV that makes the neighbours’ asses crack every time you drive your kid to school 700 metres away. At this point, I would like to mention figures such as Benjamin Franklin, who, as part of his research, paraded through a thunderstorm with a kite in his hand; Isaac Newton, who stuck a skewer into his eye sockets in order to understand the nature of light; or our native Robert Kubica, who decided to return to Formula One racing despite a tragic accident and permanent damage to his health. Each of these things seemed seemingly idiocy, and yet it is these events that have gone down in history and in people’s consciousness.
Will the deaths of the bodybuilders described above do anything for us?
I firmly believe that it will. I believe that people who abuse steroids or drugs will realise that it is worth getting themselves checked out and taking the necessary preventive measures in time, that someone else will realise that it is not worth putting their life on the line to win yet another trophy, and that young athletes will realise that there is more to competing for the top spot than just sticking to a diet and training hard, and that it requires total dedication, sometimes even life.