NBA players are always under scrutiny for using substances like PED’s and Human Growth Hormones. In the modern world, there is a vast variety of substances and each one is viewed differently by the league. From recreational drugs like Marijuana to Anabolic Steroids, the league has made it mandatory for players to be tested 4 times in a season. This also includes two tests during the offseason.
Growth Hormones are somewhat different. According to businessman and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban, these Human Growth Hormones (HGH) are misunderstood and should not be classified alongside other substances.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has openly supported the use of Human Growth Hormones
Mark Cuban is a well-known household name in the United States. He has seen incredible success due to his many innovations and ideas. A lot of which is based on solid science and good common sense.
That said, Mark discussed the Human Growth Hormone and seemed to be promoting its use by professional athletes. Additionally, the use of HGH was also highlighted when Hawks star John Collins was tested and found positive for Peptide 2. This is a type of growth Hormone. Cuban got into how the hormone works in an interview.
After an #ACL injury many athletes find they can’t return to play with the same vigor. But, a new study, published in @AJSM_SportsMed (and funded by @mcuban), finds #HGH treatment after ACL surgery may prevent the loss of muscle strength in the knee: https://t.co/GdBGMF9BDo
— Michigan Medicine (@umichmedicine) May 28, 2020
“It’s time to recognize that HGH can positively impact injury recovery. I funded this study so that athletes can get back to full strength and doing what they love.”
Cuban went on to discuss how this came about and the direction it should potentially move in, “So I worked with the University of Michigan and we put together a study, and as it turned out, comparing athletes vs. a placebo, there was a significant improvement in their recovery time and getting back to full strength. And so now, this is the first step towards offering data and hopefully the NBA, the Olympics and other leagues will look at this and say ‘let’s do some more studies.”
It’s time to recognize that HGH (Human Growth Hormone) can positively impact injury recovery. I funded this study so that athletes can get back to full strength and doing what they love. https://t.co/pag1Jb8b4p
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 28, 2020
Injury recovery is certainly an important issue. Especially with the increasing amount of injuries we are seeing. However, the NBA complies with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). They are far from approving athletes using growth hormones in the name of boosting recovery speed.
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