The use of HGH supplements by the NFL players has always been a point of concern for all. From the very beginning the two side debating on the use of these supplements, the NFL and NFLPA (NFL Players Association) had different opinions on the issue. However according to sources this time both the sides are “much further along” than ever before.
On July 24, 2013 there is going to be negotiation session between NFLPA and NFL which is considered to be an important event for both the sides. The session will be important for deciding the future prospects of testing for HGH of the NFL players. The meeting will be attended by prominent persons like associate general counsel of NFLPA, Heather McPhee and Adolpho Birch, senior vice president of law and labor policy of NFL. The lawyers from both the sides will also be joining in the meeting. There are many speculations from this meeting and it is hoped that the HGH testing will be implemented for the 2013 season.
This meeting is considered to be really critical and there will be many serious issues which will be discussed in the session. This is considered to be most critical phase in HGH testing since 2011 and there are main three issues which will be discussed. This includes procedure of use, the economic factors and the due process or appeals. Answers will be asked for important questions like How the HGH samples will be taken by players, how frequently players need to be tested, how the samples will be stored and destroyed.
As the HGH testing kit is an expensive affair with a cost price of $2,200 it will be also be a concern that which body will be funding the budget. On the whole there will also be discussion on what will be the process if the player is found positive in the test and what will be his rights to appeal. Also there will be discussion on the NFL drug policy as a whole. Paying more emphasis on the retroactive discipline NFL is making use of the same of the blood sampling for testing HGH in players. The players with high level of HGH especially will be added to the check list and will be asked to go for testing again in future.
Confidentiality and privacy of the players will also be a concern and it will be maintained. None of the blood samples will have player names on them. Instead they will carry a number corresponding to each player. As per an email sent to the players by the union it was told that the both sides have hired doctors to know and discus the threshold for positive HGH test. Also in a memo sent separately to the players by NFLPA, it depicts “In preparation for training camp, you should be prepared to provide a sample of blood for your routine and required training camp physical.”
This meeting will be an important point in deciding the HGH testing procedure and al related aspects.