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HGH testing issue still lingers

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At a time when it’s becoming increasingly clear that the NFL scored a financial victory in the CBA negotiations, there’s at least one area in which the players appear to have won.

Despite agreeing that HGH testing will commence during the 2011 season, the league and the NFLPA still have not finalized a testing protocol.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell briefly addressed the situation during a Wednesday press conference that closed the annual meetings, specifically in relation to the question of whether the players’ request for a full-blown “population study” is the impediment to HGH testing.

“If the population study was the only thing in the way from us reaching an agreement, we would have an agreement,” Goodell said.  “Let me put it that way.  We are prepared to do that if that resolves the issue.  I sent an e-mail to [NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith] before I left, and unfortunately, our meetings sort of crossed, but HGH was on that list and I expect by the end of the week I will be speaking to him about it again.”

It’s the first time, in our recollection, that the league has acknowledged a willingness to allow baseline testing of NFL players to be utilized in order to determine the appropriate naturally-occurring HGH threshold.  The NFLPA consistently has expressed concern that the minimum amounts determined by testing Olympic athletes will not correlate to pro football players.

The flaw in this reasoning, of course, is that to the extent NFL players who are included in the baseline testing are using HGH, the threshold will be artificially inflated, giving players an HGH buffer zone.

Equally as confusing as the players’ reluctance to follow through with their agreement has been the NFL’s failure to take steps to enforce it.  And this invites speculation that the NFL has realized that HGH testing could put too many players on the sidelines, and that the league is simply walking the P.R. tightrope between pretending to care about HGH and actually removing from the sport the men who are using it.

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18 Responses to “HGH testing issue still lingers”
  1. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Mar 29, 2012 9:10 AM

    all i know is if one saints player tested positive, all saints fans would claim that “everyone’s doing it, it was just our player that got caught”.

  2. cuffhimbanano says: Mar 29, 2012 9:11 AM

    HGH is flat out good for you and should be subsidized with our tax dollars. It’s a shame that this is primarily a rich person’s candy.

  3. sj39 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    cuffhimbanano says:
    Mar 29, 2012 9:11 AM
    HGH is flat out good for you and should be subsidized with our tax dollars. It’s a shame that this is primarily a rich person’s candy.

    You, and anyone giving the thumbs up are barking mad.

  4. clivus63 says: Mar 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    cuffhimbanano says:
    Mar 29, 2012 9:11 AM
    HGH is flat out good for you and should be subsidized with our tax dollars. It’s a shame that this is primarily a rich person’s candy.

    Have to agree, but one other thing…overuse of HGH leads to carpal tunnel syndrome(hand numbness).
    WHAT QB, TB, WR, TE, LB WOULD WANT THAT!!!!!!!

  5. buffalomafia says: Mar 29, 2012 9:33 AM

    Wtf is taking so long?

  6. weepingjebus says: Mar 29, 2012 9:33 AM

    In all fairness, Saints players need really big hands in order to hold all that bounty money. It’s a medical issue.

  7. toastingpoe says: Mar 29, 2012 9:40 AM

    HGH is good for you? Maybe when it comes from your pituitary…

  8. kingfish4242 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:12 AM

    cuffhimbanano says:
    Mar 29, 2012 9:11 AM
    HGH is flat out good for you and should be subsidized with our tax dollars. It’s a shame that this is primarily a rich person’s candy.

    You, and anyone giving the thumbs up are barking mad.

    toastingpoe says:
    Mar 29, 2012 9:40 AM
    HGH is good for you? Maybe when it comes from your pituitary…

    ———————————————–

    Actually,he’s making a very good point. I can’t post the direct link,but this is the quote from the Dr. who said he doesn’t prescribe it to athletes,but does to his elderly patients where a broken hip can be a death sentence. HGH is no longer produced naturally in someone at that age.

    Produced naturally by the anterior pituitary gland, at the base of the brain, growth hormone plays a major role in body growth by stimulating the liver and other tissues to produce insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1. One of the chief actions of IGF-1 is that it stokes the creation of cartilage and bone, a benefit that has not gone unnoticed by athletes and orthopedists. Injected, synthetic HGH has the same effect.

    He goes on to say while IGF-1 does increase muscle size,it doesn’t produce a notable increase in strength like Anabolic steroids. Athletes want to be treated with HGH to speed up the healing process from injuries,not to gain strength.

    let’s say your favorite team has a player that suffers a ACL tear in game one. if HGH can help him be ready to play again in a few months instead of putting him on IR for the rest of the year,wouldn’t you be happy?

    Obviously more testing should be done,but HGH is a very promising drug that can be used to increase the quality of life for many people including those that don’t play professional sports.

  9. steviemo says: Mar 29, 2012 10:15 AM

    “Commonly reported side effects for hGH abuse are: diabetes in prone individuals; worsening of cardiovascular diseases; muscle, joint and bone pain; hypertension and cardiac deficiency; abnormal growth of organs; accelerated osteoarthritis.

    In untreated acromegalic individuals (known for pathological over-production of hGH), many of the symptoms described above are observed and life expectancy is known to be significantly reduced.

    Because of the role that hGH plays in stimulating IGF-1 secretion, excessive use of hGH may also lead to metabolic dysfunction, including glucose intolerance and other side effects associated with excess levels of IGF-1.”

  10. meatloaf025 says: Mar 29, 2012 10:51 AM

    Ask B Bonds girlfriend about the effects of HGH. Is online.

  11. toastingpoe says: Mar 29, 2012 10:54 AM

    Lol – I am a physician. And I would agree that there is a role for exogenous HGH therapy in HGH-deficient individuals. But a pro athlete is hardly the same demographic as an HGH-deficient elderly patient with a hip #, and unless they have a pituitary tumor or something weird like sarcoidosis, don’t really see how it’s use could be indicated. In fact it could conceivably lead to HGH suppression via negative feedback and, in turn, cause HGH deficiency.

  12. rtookey says: Mar 29, 2012 11:04 AM

    Overuse of anything creates side effects… Steroid use along with HGH are the most overblown farse, it ridiculous. I dont use, nor condone it, however, think its ridiculous how people are misinformed of these drugs…

    More people die anually by multi vitamin overdose… Yearly # of people who have died by direct use of steroids… 3.

  13. joe6606 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:06 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if 100% of players use HGH.

    It causes no visible changes to your body other than faster healing, so harder to observe. Fewer side effects like acne, unexplained rage, bigger head, etc; unlike steroids.

    The competitive balance effects of using are murkier. I guess this point is more subjective, but in my opinion, a drug that artificially boosts strength and thus gives users an unfair physical advantage is morally worse than a drug that merely allows one to recover from injuries faster.

  14. kc4life7 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:09 AM

    In my opinion, HGH testing is a waste of money. If I’ve heard correctly, the person literally has to shoot the HGH 30 minutes before testing for it to even register. So if they have 30 minutes of notice, as long as they haven’t pinned, it won’t be detectable.

    Plus, synthetic HGH is a thing of the past. Peptides are probably what athletes are using now because it helps you secrete more of your own natural HGH, therefore causing less side effects.

    Whenever you start testing for something, something else comes out. It’s kind of a waste of money.

  15. steelers4385 says: Mar 29, 2012 11:28 AM

    I just want to take this time to assure all of you that Laron Landry is not on roids. I think its pretty obvious.

  16. Steven Coppola says: Mar 29, 2012 12:34 PM

    It’s laughable that the nflpa thinks that their athletes wouldn’t compare to Olympic athletes in a population study.

  17. deangelo1776 says: Mar 29, 2012 1:01 PM

    I hope so Laron Landry’s sake, HGH testing doesn’t go through lol

    Just kidding, but really, It would be interesting to see what happens.

  18. granadafan says: Mar 29, 2012 1:20 PM

    They’re stalling so all the players can get the HGH and other masking agents out of their system prior to the first test. I have a feeling Goodell is ok with this because of the negative publicity that comes with positive tests and the absurd denial excuses that come from the agents/ PR agents.

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