Athletes and Performers Tied to Human Growth Hormone Use

Sep12_rev-up-your-metabolism-384x240In the past five years, much has changed in the world of drug testing and sports, and this shift has come about largely because testing procedures have advanced significantly. This fact came to light in a big way due to several big events in the world of sports: a handful of investigations of big name athletes, including Roger Clemens, Lance Armstrong, and Barry Bonds, plus the unprecedented amount of drug testing that occurred in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. There have even been some rumblings of HGH usage among singers and actors, although some of these reports are harder to prove, as celebrities are not usually subjected to drug testing the way athletes are.

weight loss with moringaWhy are athletes and performers turning to HGH in the first place? Many people claim that HGH injections or homeopathic oral sprays (which are undetectable by any current day test) offer performance enhancing benefits, while others say the perceived boost in performance is minimal compared to the amount of damage a positive drug test could cause to an athlete’s career and reputation. Some athletes who have tested positive for HGH use, including Colorado Rockies first baseman Mike Jacobs, claim the substance was used in order to recover from an injury. There is some belief in medical circles that growth hormone can speed up tissue repair. Others claim that taking HGH offers slight improvements in strength and agility, and that even though the boost is statistically small, when it comes down to that last tenth of a second or point in competition, that little boost may be enough to put one athlete over the top. There is also the idea that HGH taken in conjunction with other performance enhancing drugs can have a bigger effect.

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Whatever the reason each individual athlete or performer has for using HGH, whether it is to enhance their performance, speed up injury recovery, or because of HGH’s anti-aging benefits, there is clear documentation in recent years that HGH use is fairly widespread. Lance Armstrong, formerly known as the world’s most decorated cyclist, has long battled doping allegations that have in recent weeks become public knowledge thanks to the published report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Another winning cyclist, Tyler Hamilton, 2004 Olympic Gold medalist, confessed to doping in 2011 and returned his medal. Three-time Olympic sprinting medalist Alvin Harrison was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, including growth hormone. It’s not just cycling that has been plagued with growing HGH use, major league baseball players Jerry Hairston Jr. and Gary Matthews Jr. have been accused of ordering HGH, and Barry Bonds received a conviction for obstruction of justice in April 2011 for lying to a grand jury about steroid and HGH use. In addition, the NFL has been preparing to test players for HGH for over a year.

Sports-SupplementsCelebrities have also been known to purchase or order HGH for their own use. Pro wrestler Edge and the Hurricane have reportedly ordered the substance, along with Sylvester Stallone, who was caught importing synthetic growth hormone into Australia. In a strange series of reports, several well known names in the music industry have reportedly placed orders for HGH or have knowingly purchased the substance in doctor’s offices. R&B star Mary J. Blige, rapper Curtis Jackson (50 Cent), producer Timbaland, Fugees member Wyclef Jean and award winning director Tyler Perry are all reported to have ordered or purchased HGH.

As the testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, it is likely that more famous names will be mentioned in relation to drug use or drug testing. After the unprecedented testing done at the 2012 Olympics – 6,000 tests in all – and the increased efforts of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the USADA to investigate allegations of doping in sports, it is likely that those who try to use HGH to gain an advantage over their fellow athletes will no longer be able to claim that their enhanced performance was the result of hard work and clean living.

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