Well it's official. CBC Sports of Canada reports on research that HGH does help: Australian study that proves HGH (Human Growth Hormone) does enhance an athlete's performance in sports.
Yep, that was a big surprise, right? Bet you had no clue that was coming!
What I find most interesting is that there were actually individuals, maybe there still are (people can be stubborn), who thought that there was no tie between an improvement in athletic performance and the use of HGH. Just a little common sense would suggest the opposite, otherwise why would any Olympic, professional, or elite athlete risk using it?
The CBC article goes on to say that even modest amounts of HGH can improve "sprinting capacity in sports that require bursts of speed." They suggested, "at the levels they were testing, athletes might shave nearly a half-second off their time in a 100-metre sprint or 1.2 seconds off a time in a 50-metre swimming race."
And when coupled with the use of AS (anabolic steroids), something the study also addressed, the effects are especially apparent.
The research was done on recreational athletes using much smaller amounts than are likely used by competitive athletes looking to gain an edge, which would suggest that there are even greater gains possible.
And if you allow me the flexibility to extrapolate further-using a little common sense, I would think it's also likely that since HGH improves explosive-type muscle movements, "bursts of speed," it seems very feasible that all muscular contractions like this would be enhanced.
Let's see, that would include just about any movement in any sport where power and speed of muscular contraction is a factor (gymnastics, baseball, track and field, wrestling, boxing, volleyball, football, basketball, etc., you name it).
So what's the solution? How are we going to stop the "cheaters" from cheating? Well, I believe that day will never come until they - meaning the athletes, start looking at themselves as unethical cheaters (if they use) who really don't "win" anything at all.
Yep, until athletes are able to do the "right" thing just because it is the right thing to do - demonstrating good character, and start to feel uncomfortable, inside, about steroid and PED use, nothing will change.
Boy, just a little common sense, and stronger emphasis on an ethical code of conduct throughout an athlete's development would sure go a long way.
That, in combination with appropriate testing that holds athletes accountable-and helps level the playing field, just might create an environment for change.