It has been almost two complete seasons since the NFL signed a labor deal that opened the door to HGH testing in the league; however, the players union and the league still have not agreed to implement anything.
The NFL Players Association is not willing to concede that the HGH test that has been used by Major League Baseball and Olympic sports is a valid test. And they have not yet chosen a scientist to aid them in resolving such an impasse.
As a result, Congress has stepped in. The Government Reform Committee and The House Oversight will hold a hearing to examine the science that is behind the HGH test, which is a difficult substance to detect and which is thought to be used by numerous athletes for a number of benefits including injury recovery.
“The players are claiming that the testing is questionable. What’s bothering me about all of this is that the players made an agreement in 2011 … that they would begin the human growth hormone testing, and it seems to me that they have thrown roadblocks and found excuses not to do it. And that concerns me. An agreement is an agreement,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking committee Democrat, who said he expects there will be additional hearings.
“We also want to make sure that the players are treated fairly,” Cummings said in a telephone interview. “We want to hear the science, so we can make some valid judgments as to the players’ allegations that this may not be valid.”
Last week a memo was sent by committee staff members to lawmakers last week, which says: “Every week of football played without a test for HGH endangers the game and sends a message to young athletes that HGH is tolerated at the game’s highest level.” The memo explains that the hearing will look at the science behind current HGH testing.
Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, issued what could be construed as a warning to the NFL league and players.
“There has been a frustrating lack of progress on testing. The possibility that federal legislation could eventually be adopted to address this problem may be unlikely at this point, but the league and its players would be unwise to ignore it,” Issa said.
There are no union or league members scheduled to testify. The witness list includes U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Science Officer Larry Bowers, Pro Football Hall of Fame member Dick Butkus, and National Institutes of Health Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak.
Bowers submitted a written testimony to the committee that says “there is a broad consensus among scientific experts who regularly work in the growth hormone field that the test is reliable and valid and that the chances of an athlete who has not used synthetic growth hormone testing positive are comparable to the chance of that same athlete being struck by lightning during his or her lifetime.”
Bowers goes on to say that the World Anti-Doping Agency records shows that as the end of August 2012 there have been 12 positive results out of 12,764 HGH tests around the world. Tabak’s written testimony says many studies vouch for the reliability of HGH testing, noting that the naturally occurring hormone and the artificial hormone are nearly indistinguishable.
Tabak says, “Questions can always be raised about whether a given test, even one whose reliability has been established under most circumstances, also has universal validity. … In science, universal validity is almost never achievable. …”
Tabak talks about the serious risks to athletes who treat themselves with HGH with doses that are often ten times higher than for medical purposes. Even once the scientific issues are determined, there will be other issues the league and union will have to sort out, including who will administer the HGH test and what appeal process will be in place.
The collective bargaining agreement that ended the NFL lockout in August 2011 included a provision for HGH testing as soon as last season — but only once the NFLPA approved the process.
NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch, who oversees the league’s drug program hopes to get done whatever has to happen so that the program can move forward.
“I am hopeful because, among other things, the hearing presumably will put to rest the questions of whether the test is safe, practical, reliable and appropriate for NFL players,” Birch said. “If that occurs, it may present an opportunity for the parties to resume serious discussions on how to implement it, rather than being sort of lost in the trenches discussing the questions about its reliability.”
Should HGH Be Banned?
There remains a great deal of controversy as to why HGH should actually be banned from professional sports. It has plenty of science behind it that shows how it can help injuries heal faster.
A study done by Robert H. Demling MD, “The Role of Anabolic Hormones for Wound Healing in Catabolic States” confirmed there is a well-recognized interrelationship between hormones, nutrition, and wound healing. The anabolic process of protein synthesis, with new tissue formation, requires the action of anabolic hormones. Exogenous administration of these agents has been shown to maintain or increase lean body mass as well as directly stimulate the healing process through their anabolic and anticatabolic actions. Find the full study here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1501119/.
It is highly unlikely that HGH will be removed from the banned substance list even with the science to prove its benefits.
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