HGH population study pool is about to start shrinking


The absence of a final agreement on HGH testing has delayed the implementation of a population study.  And the total number of players to be included in the population study is about to shrink.

When the tentative deal for a population study first was reached, the league and the union agreed that all players in every camp would give a blood sample for the purposes of determining the naturally-occurring levels of HGH in men who play pro football.  With up to 90 players per team, that’s a maximum pool of 2,880 test subjects.

In four days, that amount drops by 15 per team, with a new limit of 2,400.

Four days after that, the size of the pool drops to 53 active players plus up to eight members of the practice squad per team, for a maximum of 1,952.

Thus, by next Saturday, more than 900 potential participants in the population study will be gone.

It’s unclear whether that helps or hurts the players who’ll participate in the population study.  If the fringe players are more likely to use HGH, their absence would drive down the detected average HGH reading per player.  If, on the other hand, guys who are using HGH are more likely to make the team, the number will be higher.

Regardless, the number necessarily will be based on a smaller pool of players — by more than 32 percent.  The fewer the participants in the pool, the less accurate the total number possibly will be.

12 responses to “HGH population study pool is about to start shrinking

  1. Why would one think the player that are not making the cut are the one more likely to dope up? If doping is an advantage, isn’t it a more reasonable assumption to think weeding out the camp fodder would get a larger percentage of non-dopers out of the population study?

  2. This is one sport where I am not opposed to HGH usage. I see it more as a recovery enhancer and injury prevention more than cheating. While it shouldn’t be encouraged, I believe it should not be tested for. At the end of the day they are entertainers and for the 80% of players who don’t make 10 mill a year, it could provide a more pain free after football life, where they can do other jobs.

  3. Everyone knows that rosters are going to be dropping. Duh. If they aren’t in the league they aren’t in the study. If they want to know natural growth hormone levels for current NFL players of course they wouldn’t want to ask people that aren’t current NFL players.

    What kind of article is this?

  4. 37 x 32 = 1184…on another note, that number would go back down slightly with teams creating their practice squads…I would assume.

  5. Did the “competitive edge device” work? Can our boys pee freely?”

    “No sir they still tested positive.”

    “Well we can’t agree to testing until we can beat the testing.”

    “Well I know that is why you hired us to build the Competitive Edge Device.”

    “Less talk more tinker scientist.”

  6. “The fewer the participants in the pool, the less accurate the total number possibly will be.”
    This statement is based on a faulty assumption. Generally it is true statistically that a smaller participant pool will represent the total population less accurately than a larger number, but in this case the participant pool is made up of the entire population of NFL players. Therefore it represents the population of NFL players 100% accurately.
    The interesting question this part of the study can answer, as the article notes, is whether the fringe players being cut are more or less likely to be using HGH.

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