Deer Antler Spray “Doesn’t Violate” WADA Rules
For a while, Deer Antler Spray was enjoying its celebrity status. Ray Lewis brought the substance into the forefront at this year’s Superbowl, while pro athletes like Vijay Singh and various NFL Football players kept it in the spotlight throughout the spring because of the golfer’s lawsuit controversy and the NFL’s drug testing talks and the discovery that HGH use may be running rampant in the sport. With talk swirling about HGH testing in Major League Baseball and the NFL, and with athletes professing their use of performance enhancing Deer Antler Spray, it seems surprising that the world’s authority on drug testing, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), would give the substance the go-ahead by removing it from the prohibited list.
The reason Deer Antler Spray and HGH made such a splash in the first place is because, while Deer Antler Spray itself wasn’t necessarily considered a banned substance on most professional sports lists, one of its ingredients was. IGF-1 is a banned growth hormone, and its inclusion in Deer Antler products was what set off the controversies centered around use of the substance in pro sports. Some pro sports stars took Deer Antler Spray and claimed they didn’t know it contained the banned hormone, they were merely recovering from injury or trying to improve their health. Other athletes didn’t seem to understand why their use of Deer Antler spray was a big deal in the first place. After all, it was a product that promoted health and well being, right?
For now, the WADA seems to agree with the athletes who admitted to using Deer Antler and don’t believe they should be penalized. Vijay Singh, Ray Lewis, pro golfer Ken Green and many more have all openly discussed their use of Deer Antler and continued their careers without penalty. It was after the controversy surrounding Vijay Singh’s admitted usage, and the consequent response from the PGA Tour and Singh’s lawsuit in response that seemed to cause the WADA to take a closer look at Deer Antler.
In April of 2013, the agency declared that while the substance did contain the banned IGF-1, there was not enough of it to make a difference, and therefore the product was no longer on the banned list for pro sports. However, IGF-1 still is on the list, so the ruling has a bit of a gray area. Many athletes already rely on Deer Antler Spray to help them feel good and perform better, and as the word spreads, more seem to be inclined to add it to their regimen. If it provides an athlete with a little bit of an edge in their chosen sport, then chances are they will be willing to try it and see if their experience with it matches those of other athletes who claim they feel better, heal faster and perform better when they are able to boost their natural HGH levels with Deer Antler Spray.