With all the recent headlines about HGH in sports, one has to wonder what will become of all of these new testing procedures. Will it cause a drop in player performance because so many athletes are using them? Will it cause many players to get suspended even though they never even used HGH? That is possible because many people doubt the reliability of HGH testing as is. Only time will tell what is going to happen with pro sports and HGH. For now, lets take a look at what has happened in the past few years in the world of professional sports and Human Growth Hormone.
In March of 2010, two boxers agreed to undergo HGH testing before their fight. Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather were the two fighters that agreed to the testing. Interestingly, around two months before this agreement, Manny Pacquiao refused to take part in a blood test before a potential fight with Mayweather. Since then, Pacquiao has sued Mayweather for implying that Pacquiao has used PED’s after he declined to be drug tested.
A British rugby player was tested for HGH and the results showed positive just two months before the Mayweather and Mosley decision. That was the first time an athlete tested positive for HGH, which proved that the current HGH testing regimen could actually work to find users.
Later in March of 2010, tennis player Wayne Odesnik pleaded guilty to being in possession of 8 vials of HGH which were found in his bag in an airport. That fact that the vials were only found by the customs agents and not the Tennis drug testing program may have proven that HGH testing isn’t quite as accurate as some would hope.
In May of 2011, the PGA Commissioner stated that HGH testing for the players in the PGA is definitely possible. HGH testing is already used in the Olympics and Golf is going to be played in the 2016 Olympics so he believes that HGH testing in the PGA is a good possibility.
In the Summer of 2011, the NFL ended its lockout with an agreement to start HGH testing in the league. However, since then, the Player’s Union has stated that HGH testing is not reliable enough for the players in the league. Therefore, the HGH testing in the NFL is at a standoff right now, with no progress being made at the moment.
The MLB and the NBA have both agreed upon HGH testing in their respective leagues as well. The MLB testing will be implemented during the off season and no information is out about the possibility of testing during the season. Interestingly, Ryan Braun, the National League MVP, recently tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. The HGH testing in the NBA still has to be agreed upon by both sides.
So, what is next for HGH and professional sports? We will keep our readers updated with every new piece of news about HGH. Feel free to leave a comment below about the mentioned situations.