The performance-enhancing drugs of today are far more potent than they were in Thomas Hicks’ heyday. The increased potency leads to worse side effects and puts athletes at higher risk of adverse health effects. This means that while sport is (arguably) not be broken now, it very soon will be when doping means to become a professional athlete is to trade your long-term health for sporting success.
This risk is heightened in contact sports, where even athletes that aren’t doping face bigger, stronger, and tougher opponents, making collisions more intense and increasing the likelihood of serious injury. In these instances, the presence of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is making everyone less safe.