|Does HGH Enhance Athletic Performance?
HGH and Athletic Performance
The use of performance-enhancing drugs constantly stirred controversies
through the years. Until now, improving your athletic agility through medication
poses a big question: Is it worth the risk?
The Issue of Anabolic Steroid Use in Sports
Particularly in sports, the use of performance-enhancing drugs is being
watched closely. Those who hold important sporting events such as the NFL or the
National Football League imposes strict rules and regulations about anabolic
steroid use and abuse. Others consider it unethical for athletes to come out and
play with performance-enhancing drugs powering them up in the background. Random
blood screenings are held to test athletes for anabolic steroid, HGH, and other
performance-enhancing medications. Once coming out positive, the athlete will be
subjected to several disciplinary actions including the inability to play for a
specific season or competition.
Then again, enforcement of laws covering the use of performance-enhancing
drugs is not as effective as one might think. That is especially since we do not have an effective
method of finding out or measuring performance-enhancing drug use 100% of the
screenings have shown in many cases their inability to trace anabolic steroid use beyond 48 hours. Good thing,
doping specialists have found an ideal way to tackle the problem. Currently, a
highly technological urine testing method is being worked out to measure the
abuse of such substances more efficiently.
Why the Outrage About HGH And Other Enhancing Drugs?
If performance-enhancing drugs are out to provide vitality and agility like
no other, why is it then that they are being banned for use in sports? If anabolic steroids
and the like are just there to provide a performance-enhancing effect, there
would probably not be too much controversy surrounding them. But because most of
these drugs can have severe side effects on the users they have been banned.
Recent reviews and studies have also shown that HGH,
particularly, does not improve physical performance, really.
Yes, it can improve muscle mass and it can increase bone density but it needs
more studies to prove that it can actually improve the body's strength.
This has been the constant yell of Kennesaw State University's J.C Bradbury,
Ph.D. he claims that no scientific evidence has been found to prove that growth
hormones can improve one's athletic performance. Yes, there is no scientific
evidence yet but Dr. Bradbury may still be wrong into thinking that HGH
has no enhancing effects. Athletes themselves attest to the facts that using
human growth hormone has helped them improve their speed and strength.
There are many different reviews, studies, and testimonies proving one or the
other. But whether or not human growth hormone truly makes a big difference on
one's athletic performance, we will always have to go back to the big question:
Is it worth the risk? Would you be confident in using performance-enhancing
drugs knowing that your athletic feat might come at a great price to your