Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are used by many individuals, including tactical athletes. These sorts of drugs are often thought of negatively, however for military candidates, they can have advantages such as being able to help the athlete cope with training volumes. This article will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of the use of PEDs for tactical athletes, specifically with regards to steroids and stimulants.


Performance enhancing substances are used to improve any form of activity performance in humans. They include steroids, which are organic compounds and range from anti-inflammatory drugs, to anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids, such as testosterone, promote the growth of skeletal muscle and are the type referred to when steroids are mentioned in this article.

The Negativity Behind Steroids

Steroids generally have a negative stigma attached as they are illegal unless prescribed by a doctor. They are also often associated with vanity, due to the use of steroids by individuals such as bodybuilders, who use these substances to help improve their physical appearance.

Steroids are viewed negatively within sporting situations, as using steroids can give athletes unfair advantages. In order to facilitate fair contests between athletes, PEDs are banned. It gives the athletes a level playing field and helps to promote a fair and equal chance at winning. The World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) prohibits a substance from an event if it fits two of the following conditions: