Re: Ryan Braun going down?
Originally Posted by edabbs44
Two things. One, there might be more to hitting HRs than strength, power and aerobic activity. Two, this was Dr Ho's quote from that same study:
Ho was forced to sum the literature which includes his group's study: "In summary, there appears to be no evidence that GH enhances muscle strength, power, or aerobic capacity in trained adult athletes".
But what of the wingate test (i.e. cranking motion performed at maximum ability against a constant force) that they used as a proxy for athletic performance? Even Ho admits that the athletic significance of the observation is uncertain. In other words, they saw an affect in HGH in fatigued muscles but it's not possible to conclude that such an affect would translate into an impact on athletic performance.
But lets assume that it would. How the heck would a slight ability to perform under anaerobic conditions help Braun hit more HR's?
Again, give HGH to a cheetah and it might go hungry a little less. Carl Lewis? Ya, I could see that it might help if there was a direct relationship between the wingate test and true sprint speed (though again no one argues that such a relationship is valid and Ho's study only saw a 4% difference in wingate results). There just aren't many baseball movements that would be impacted by such as effect in real game situations.
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Last edited by jojo; 02-06-2013 at 06:33 PM.