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HGH Testing in the NFL Faces Another Setback

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As mentioned previously, HGH is an anabolic hormone, much like steroids.  It builds the tissue, and happens to repair it as a side effect.  Anabolic steroids have been uniformly banned by the NFL and Players Union, and HGH is essentially the same thing, therefore it falls under the same category as steroids.  Since there is no test in place for HGH, technically there is no way to monitor who is using and who isn’t.  Both sides agreed to testing two seasons ago yet there is still no test in place.

Jan 31, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A general view of the NFLPA logo during the NFL players association press conference in preparation for Super Bowl XLVII at the New Orleans Convention Center. Super Bowl XLVII will be played between the San Francisco 49ers on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

How soon can we expect testing? Not anytime soon.  The NFL Players Union is stuck on the punishments that the league will administer for positive testing that they agreed to in the CBA.  The NFL, although remaining adamant about the need for testing relatively soon, is also dragging its feet by not setting deadlines and ultimatums.  Never once has the Commissioner said the product will not continue because of the fear of some players using HGH extensively to gain a competitive edge, or the risk of injury to the other players who do not use HGH.

It appears now that both sides, the NFL and the Players Union, are afraid of testing.  Afraid there might be a large percentage of players who test positive for HGH.  Afraid that the level of play may decrease significantly once the testing has been implemented and players are no longer using it.