That’s why the use of HGH is “increasing” and “rampant” among NFL players, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An anonymous NFC starter estimated that 10-15 players on each team use human growth hormones.
After the 2011 lockout, an agreement was in place to institute a test for HGH. The league has not come up with a test yet because that would entail taking blood from players.
HGH is used to increase lean muscle mass. It helps players get bigger and recover from injuries faster.
The Sentinel interviewed multiple NFL players for their report, most of whom gave their names. The general consensus seems to be that while they don’t personally do it, they know of many players who do, and they don’t seem to have a major issue with it.
That seems to be the general thought with fans and the league, as well. No one wants their favorite players, or the league’s biggest stars, out longer than they already are with injuries, so why not allow them to get an edge to stay on the field? The only current punishment in place for HGH is if a player admits to taking it or gets caught with it, so it’s more a test of stupidity than cheating.
Until the league puts a test in place for the banned substance, use of HGH will likely only continue to increase.
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