The case for al­low­ing HGH use

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Colton Gully,

“Is use of HGH al­ways wrong?,” Jan. 10 edi­to­rial.

When con­sid­er­ing the use of hu­man growth hor­mone ( HGH) in sports, we must keep in mind th­ese are not free- think­ing peo­ple we are talk­ing about, they are paid ath­letes whose liveli­hood de­pends on one thing: their body. The phys­i­cal con­di­tion re­quired of play­ers ev­ery week— strictly talk­ing NFL, but could be ap­plied to any con­tact sport— is al­most im­pos­si­ble to main­tain for an en­tire reg­u­lar sea­son. Also a life­time of foot­ball and foot­ball in­juries makes strained ten­dons weaker and brit­tle bones more frag­ile. To add to all of this, the men­tal stress on the play­ers, like in any stress­ful pro­fes­sion, can at­ro­phy the body phys­i­cally. Coaches can get doc­tors to pre­scribe opi­ates for pain, ben­zos for anx­i­ety and a laun­dry list of other drugs to help a player cope with life in the league, so why should HGH not be con­sid­ered for the list?

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