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CFL to test for HGH in 2011

Posted by Chris Brown on July 1, 2010 – 9:11 am

The CFL is taking the lead big time when it comes to testing for performance enhancing drugs. Unless some other major pro sports league leapfrogs them in the next six months, they’ll be the first to institute testing for human growth hormone (HGH).

The move was part of the league’s new four-year labor agreement with its players earlier this week and was reportedly three years in the making per the Toronto Globe and Mail. There will be blood and urine testing year round with only 24 hours notice.

No other pro sports league tests for HGH. Major League Baseball has it listed as an illegal substance, but it doesn’t test for it, partly because there is dispute as to the veracity of some testing.

The big question is whether or not the NFL can get HGH testing included in their new labor agreement with the NFLPA. It’s tough to say whether the CFL’s success in implementing the policy will help the NFL in getting a similar policy, but at least there will be a policy to reference. Got to tip the cap to the CFL and its players on this one.

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Interesting take on PEDs

Posted by Chris Brown on May 20, 2010 – 10:00 am

With reports now surfacing that Redskins WR Santana Moss had an association with Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea, who was accused of drug smuggling and illegal distribution of HGH among other things, PEDs in general are getting much more attention in the D.C. area. But one columnist provided some very compelling insight to the issue of some of these “treatments” that might not be as black and white as they’re made out to be.

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins, who has been covering sports for 25 years, really asks some worthwhile questions and doesn’t just lump all of these avenues that pro athletes pursue medically as all the same thing. Suffice to say it made me think about where this stuff is all headed, especially if PRPs are more treatment than cheating.

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