As per the latest procedures towards the HGH testing issues now NFLPA has made a move. The NFLPA has emailed the players in which the authority has asked the players bold samples for testing the high level of HGH during training physicals in the camps.
As there is a crucial meeting to be held towards the discussion of HGH testing of the NFL players, these blood samples will be used for deciding the threshold for the positive HGH test. The testing committee will comprise of doctors from both the side NFL and NFLPA as well.
As per Geoff Schwartz, Kansas City Chief offensive lineman this is not such a big issue. He said “The testing is just to establish baselines. We agreed to test in the CBA and this is the first step in that process.” However not everyone is so equally confident about the testing and some experts criticize this testing as a stall tactic of the union.
According to doctor Gary Wadler, international sports doping expert, an internist and clinical associate professor of medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, “There’s an assumption here that they’re (NFL players) somehow unique. Therefore, their HGH level would be different. I don’t know why they came up with that, where they came up with that.” He also added “It’s just an opportunity to delay. I think that delay is detrimental to the sport.” he added.
The union doubts that its players might have higher level of HGH but experts say it is entirely baseless assumption. As per an email sent on July 12, union has asked for immediate blood samples, “The blood sample from each player will immediately be sent to the laboratory for analysis only for the purpose of the HGH population study; no other use will be made of any blood sample.”
“After the laboratory has processed all player blood samples, the scientists will perform the calculations and analysis necessary to determine the proper decision limit for NFL players.” Also an additional email was sent to the players which addressed many queries and also depicted, “The current stalemate regarding HGH testing and the League office is about whether the NFL, and others working with them, can force the Players to accept an unfair testing and discipline protocol when the collective bargaining process requires mutual agreement by both the Players and the NFL.”
Amidst all the hype, however according to NFL agent Alan Herman the implementation will of the testing will provide trickle-down benefits to all. He said, “I think it will filter to the college level and maybe college will adapt it as well,” he said. “Certainly, in the pro game, everybody will be on an even playing field. I’m not sure that exists right now.”