There’s definitely a slippery slope involved with a person’s decision to take HGH.
On one hand, it’s a hormone that’s produced naturally in the body so it’s not exactly like you’re adding in an influx of outside chemicals to your system.
Then again the doses are strictly intended to gain a decisive edge over opponents so some people could see taking HGH as cheating.
The gray area extends into how the different professional sports test their athletes for human growth hormone as well.
Professional sports in the United States have almost all declared HGH a banned substance, although they rarely ever tested for it.
It’s kind of like when a person comes across that one cool teacher in their life that gives a take-home test but you have to ‘promise’ not to use your textbook.
The pro sports benefit from having their athletes being in the best physical shape possible because it produces a better product on the field.
That being said, there’s a movement to start testing as people start to claim that HGH use is ruining the integrity of beloved pastimes.
MLB In the late 90′s and early 2000′s baseball enjoyed one of it’s biggest increases in popularity due to the influx of home runs.
Later on, this period would be dubbed the ‘steroid era’ and those sluggers who were first-ballot Hall of Famers might find themselves on the fence of getting into Cooperstown at all.
In an effort to distance themselves from those scandals, baseball has become the first major sport to test for HGH via blood testing, starting in 2013.
NBA Pro hoops are following the lead of baseball and will start testing for HGH as soon as the 2013-14 season.
One major hoop that all sports had to overcome is that HGH testing must be done with a blood test for consistent results.
The collective bargaining agreements of the individual leagues protect players from such tests but it appears the athletes want to take the steps to make sure everybody is on somewhat of a level playing ground.
NFL The National Football League remains the biggest divide of HGH testing in pro sports.
The NFL has stringent policies and has dished out plenty of suspensions for banned substances such as steroids or Adderall but no HGH policies are in place.
Again the player’s collective bargaining agreement and the rumors of just how many players are taking supplements suggests that no HGH testing will be implemented in the foreseeable future.