Re: MLB investigating region in PED war - ESPN
Originally Posted by 757690
As someone who has taken both HGH and Steriods (at separate times) as prescribed by my doctors for health reasons, I can tell you you are very wrong about this.
Steroids made me significantly stronger and clearly would have been more effective as a performance enhancing drug, but HGH turned me into an overall better athlete. I lost nearly all of my body fat, gained muscle (not nearly as much as when on steroids, but it was noticeable) and was significantly quicker with my reflexes and faster as a runner. As soon as a stopped using HGH, I gained fat, lost muscle and became much less athletic. The before and after pics of me are striking in their differences.
Now, I imagine it would have less of an effect on a professional athlete, who was already in great shape, and already a great athlete, but I also imagine it would make some difference in their overall athletic ability. As a former HGH user, I can testify that it absolutely would enhance anyone's performance as a baseball player.
HGH will induce increases in muscle mass but it's not conducive to the types of muscle function that helps baseball players and it causes an increase in mass that isn't simply due to an increase in fiber size (i.e. the mass doesn't necessarily cause the functional changes that would be considered ideal). Also it's effects on bone growth aren't really conducive to the types of athletic moves required for baseball. A person who is already in the 99th percentile athletically and at their peak athletic age (early 20's to early 30's) would be silly to take HGH. To the extent that HGH actually improves the performance of professional baseball players, it is pecking at the margins and carrying a disproportionate set of risks that makes it's use as a PED a game of diminishing returns.
You did more than stop taking HGH. You also stopped doing whatever you were doing to effect the change in body composition.
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