Re: Ryan Braun going down?
There was a lot of discussion previously on scientific evidence of the benefits of HGH on baseball players. Here is an interesting conclusion from a scientific analysis of steroid usage, this from a physicist:
Physics cannot tell us whether a particular home run was steroid-assisted, or even whether an extraordinary individual performance indicates the use of illicit means. But physics, combined with physiology, can constrain the extent of performance enhancement that could be attributed to the use of drugs. Basic mechanical principles, in combination with simple but plausible models, show that relatively modest increases in muscle mass, well within the range that can reasonably be expected from steroid use, can dramatically increase home run production. Specifically, a 10% increase in muscle mass can increase the fraction of balls put in play that result in home runs by 50% or more. This increase is comparable to the differences in home run rate between the most productive sluggers of the “steroid era” and those of earlier generations. These results certainly do not prove that recent performances are tainted, but they suggest that some suspicion is reasonable.
Last edited by edabbs44; 02-18-2013 at 07:59 PM.