Sorry to start a new PED thread, but another poster raised a question in another thread that I have been wondering?
What are PED's Look when I was growing up it was those Anabolic Steroids, you know the ones that made the 1976 East German Weightlifting team look like guys with sex changes.
Today, there are a slew of PEDs. But everything is lumped into...well that player cheated he used a PED. But I'm not clear:
Here are some observations, anyone with thoughts (specifically the science chime in).
1. - The media are garbage - no one is talking about what exactly the stuff being used does. For example:
a.) Pettitte claimed used a PED to help heal from Injury. Looks Like A-rod did the same in 2009 (at least that one time). Some are now accusing Ray Lewis who came back from an injury that usually takes a year to heal. - This of course begs the question: Maybe this is an appropriate use. It one thing to try and gain an edge on the field when you are healthy, how about gaining an edge for coming back from an injury.
b.) Does the stuff really affect performance. On its cover, I can make an educated guess that guys like McGuire and Bonds got a lot bigger so their power numbers were helped. Also guys like Giambi, Howard and Pudge - looked like they shrunk once a more concrete testing regime went into play. But then there were A-rod, Clemens and Pettitte - A-rod never looked like he blew up. Clemens also appears to look the same - Pettitte, being the guy who said he used it to come back from injury. Then I think there are some of those guys who came out of no where relatively late in their careers. Brady Anderson who hit 50 HR's and more recently Melky Cabrera.
So there is a bunch of things that you wonder about. Then its the supplements. In cycling those guys obviously don't bulk up, so its a different level of PED. What about all the legal supplements?
I just don't have a handle on what a PED is. I know some guy makes a determination that there are banned substances, then I read, some of those same substances can be purchased at GNC and there is a hot line the players have to figure out which is which. Look if a guy uses a GNC product, that any gym rat could use is that a basis to ban a player from the Hall of Fame consideration?
Look I think the letters PED and HGH have become common place for discern. But what exactly are they, what are players usising. Is it really helping. Or perhaps its main help is not necessarily performance but staying healthy longer.
Let me pose this hypothetical: What if we knew a PED if taken by a healthy player would add nothing to performance, but with an older player would allow them to play better longer...Is that something that should be banned? What if we found that the same PED helps with injury. In otherwords the PED allows the player to get to his a non-injured peak, but not necessarily better than peak?
Look not saying that we should embrace PED's...but I think it wouldn't be such a bad idea to understand them. How they work, what risks they possess.
Bottom line I have read alot about a player taking this and that PED/HGH/Steroid - but I have really have no idea what the PED really is. I seriously doubt the sports so called journalist does either. In journalism its all about the bandwagon story line.