Originally Posted by hellholming
yeah, I don't see a problem with it as long as they stay within the normal, accepted levels.
Originally Posted by vilify
I don't like this idea at all. No one should be allowed to get artificial testosterone It defeats the purpose of having a drug policy.
My opinion is really in between these two statements. Not just anyone should be able to top off their testosterone levels just because they can get a doctor's note that they're moody. But there are some people who can point to a legitimate need.
Kevin Hall, a U.S. Olympic sailor, was allowed to use TRT. But he can definitively point to why he needs it, not just some nebulous, "I just do, nobody knows why." He lost both his testicles to cancer. So, he has a verifiable reason why he's not producing testosterone. I don't think that's a problem.
Originally Posted by HaVoK
Who here has used Anabolic Steroids? If you have then you know exactly why an athletic healthy male would use HRT.
The overall lack of knowledge on this subject has never been more clear. For me, it's hard to believe people are buying the excuses given.
On a side note...most states have no regulations to determine what a low test level actually is. It is left to Doctor discretion. You can speculate how it's handled from there without me going into details.
Testing? If they were serious about stoping performance enhancers they would adopt Olympic style testing. It's what Floyd Maywether Jr. demanded before he fought Shane Mosely. I imagine it would be expensive considering the size of the UFC roster, but it could be restricted to fighters who have bouts within 8 weeks. But it won't happen...because just like the NFL and MLB the UFC knows it has a problem and has no desire to open that door. And they know it helps their athletes perform better. Perform better in a small window that is. Prolonged steroid abuse will actually lead to more injuries in the long run. Muscles get bigger and stronger but the tendons and ligaments suffer from the excess load.
I've never used any anabolics. But I do see where you're going with why athletes would need TRT, unlike Chael Sonnen's doctor, who testified he wasn't aware of drugs that could result in someone having low testosterone. The article kind of glosses over that a little, even though it mentions two important dates. Dan Henderson got his Nevada therapeutic use exemption (TUE) waiver in 2007, and it wasn't until 2010 that Nevada decided to not grant any applicants TUEs for TRT if their condition was a result of past steroid use.
So, the obvious questions:
Was Henderson's low testosterone consistent with past anabolic steroid abuse?
Is Henderson's TUE for TRT permanent, or does he have to renew it for every fight, or every time he renews his license, or what?
Why did the NSAC wait until 2010 to rule out granting TUEs for TRT to people who had wrecked their own production of testosterone with past steroid abuse?
Also, the NSAC recently reinstituted its random, out of competition testing program. It's only one state, but it's the most important one. And they can test everyone who is licensed there, regardless of it they have a fight coming up in Nevada. So that's something at least. Though I'm guessing it's urine only and not blood, which would be nice.