MLB Drug Test for Human Growth Hormones

Next spring Major League Baseball will begin drug testing for the human growth hormone. During spring training every player will submit a blood test for hormones. During the actual season testing will come to a halt, and then will be resumed after the season.

The drug testing schedule is organized in this manner because the union wants to be sure testing is not conflicting with the player’s health. Unlike other athletes MLB players play almost every day for seven months. Therefore during this first year the testing will be confined in order to proceed cautiously.

It has been proven difficult to detect the human growth hormone, but baseball has decided to give it a try. Numerous baseball players such as Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte have been linked to H.G.H. Experts say that a player can recover quickly and build muscle mass, but a prescription is needed for anyone taking H.G.H. The MLB will be the first sports organization to require such a test.

In previous years baseball players have undergone urine drug testing for steroids. Blood testing is now a new procedure, and the players will have to adjust their schedules by giving blood before or after games.

The testing of MLB samples supplied from over 1,200 players will outnumber the H.G.H. testing conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees Olympic athletes. In 2010 WADA conducted 3,425 tests on tens of thousands of athletes.

If the baseball players test positive for H.G.H. during the spring season or in the off season they will be suspended for 50 games. The MLB is introducing H.G.H. testing similar to how they introduced steroid testing. In 2003 the players were anonymously tested. Penalty testing began a year later, and in 2005 the players faced suspension for a positive drug test.

 

 

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