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Does HGH in Sports Even Matter?

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In MLB you get an 8 game suspension for doctoring a baseball (Peralta), 5 for hitting a batter with intent (Hamels) and 50 for using HGH (Braun pre-appeal).

But there is evidence in the scientific community that HGH does not even help athletic performance. That while it may add body mass, it doesn't make a significant impact and could actually reduce athletic ability.

http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2007/04/i-dont-worry-about-hgh-in-baseball-and-neither-should-you/

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2008-03-17-hgh-study_N.htm

http://www.sabernomics.com/sabernomics/index.php/2008/03/why-do-players-take-human-growth-hormone-if-it-doesnt-work/

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=7479

Why does nobody in the media talk about this? How can such basic information fail to ever be mentioned by Congress, professional sports leagues or media outlets? All this fuss over placebos.

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HGH is not something they should be naturally using? It is an "enhancer" regardless, isn't it? Furthermore, couldn't you use the same argument that steroids "do not even help athletic performance." That's what Barry Bonds said...

HGH works in the same way in some aspects of it albeit to a lesser degree and completely different in other aspects (healing, energy, etc). But the increasing body mass/muscle/power/speed/etc is what makes steroids illegal, and that is kind of along the same lines as what HGH does (for an athlete specifically - from my understanding).

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That's precisely what those articles say HGH doesn't do though. If it's not an effective way to improve speed, strength or power, should people be making a fuss over HGH the way they do? Should we consider banning people from the hall of fame for taking something that doesn't work?

It's one thing to have a penalty setup because you don't think people should take it. But to ban someone 50 games for using a placebo? To keep someone out of the Hall of Fame for using something that didn't add any value?

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I'm not a scientist but I am a know-it-all....But I don't see how hgh wouldn't increase strength. It allows for quicker and more active regeneration of muscle tissue.....So Barry Bonds can go from 190lbs to 225 and add a shit load more strength and power to his swing....

Edit: look at Barry power numbered.....Can't tell me the increase in his body weight had nothing to do with the increase in his power after he turned 33...

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But the new research has some limitations and sheds no light on long-term use of HGH. The scientists note their analysis included few studies that measured performance. The tests also probably don't reflect the dose and frequency practiced by athletes illegally using the hormone
uhhhh, I don't think it's as conclusive as you think it is.

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uhhhh, I don't think it's as conclusive as you think it is.

Is that how drugs work? We just assume they work until proven otherwise?

The studies that have been done don't show improvement. There is no tangible evidence to support the notion that athletes who used HGH were made significantly better by doing so. But everyone assumes that notion without any proof, and uses that as a basis to suspend players and keep them out of the hall of fame.

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