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The other side of the TRT coin

It seems crazy to me that we’re debating whether or not to let MMA fighters take testosterone. But here we are. Several of the big names in MMA have come out and not only admitted they take it, but will continue to take it because they have prescriptions from their doctor. So I guess a big question here is if those prescriptions are bogus. Past evidence says probably. But here’s the other side of the coin:

According to Catlin along with many other critics, the possibility of professional athletes in their 30s needing TRT is so low, it’s almost completely zero.

But new research might show those long-held beliefs to be incorrect.

The science of brain injury is still relatively new, and developing rapidly. In 2007, a paper published in the Journal of Athletic Training reported the first known connection between mild concussions and hypopituitarism, a deficiency that can lead to low testosterone.

That research, along with how traumatic brain injuries impact the pituitary gland, is being continued by Dr. Daniel F. Kelly, the director of the Brain Center and Pituitary Disorders Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.

Kelly is currently in the midst of a study of 75 former NFL players that is expected to be published around the end of 2012. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Kelly said that preliminary data from the study suggests that pituitary damage is occurring in a subset of the retirees.

That study seems to corroborate a 2006 finding in Turkey that found that head injuries incurred by pro kickboxers have resulted in damage to the pituitary gland.

Well crap. Not only are they noticing new forms of brain damage, it could be a specific side effect of competing in MMA for years. Maybe suggesting fighters stop fighting when that kind of head trauma is present. They’re free to take testosterone if they want … once they’re no longer competing.

  • iamphoenix says:

    I thought the other side of the TRT coin was cris cyborgs dick.

  • CAP says:

    Yeah I’d say if you’ve had enough head trauma that your balls don’t work right it’s time to stop. Somebody get Gary Goodridge a Depends sponsor pronto.

  • JoeRoganIsAnnoying says:

    I agree, questionable conclusion, but FL you’ve raised a major point!

    June 23rd, in Brazil is the most important night for two respective careers.  The middleweight championship will be decided upon by two combatants; one of whom will have spent significant time training with TRT…  

    Is it wrong he hold’s this obvious short-term advantage? Yes.

    Is it illegal?  Now, that is a little more grey of a matter. 

  • Oontyex says:

    The marvels of science have identified chemicals that help athletes recover faster, making the unpleasantness / pain of injury shorter and shorter wait before being back to entertain fans . What’s the problem? Yes there’s an inherent risk, but so is there in all aspects of what they do, tons will have wrecked backs n knees n necks later in life, also these are guys we pay to watch try to injure each other… c’mon with the selective concern

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    It’s not their own bodies, but their opponents who have agreed to an already dangerous game being chemically put into greater harm to their bodies and especially their brains.

  • Letibleu says:

    is organic TRT available?

  • Reverend Clint says:

    start eating the balls of teen boys

  • agentsmith says:

    ^ In a related story, Catholic priests have severely low T levels.

  • Letibleu says:

    you probably sucked all the testosterone out of em

  • Jarman says:

    ok, i’m staying the fuck away from that line of comments.

    in an interesting tie-in note:

    so contrary to popular belief, drinking tea makes you more of a man. Black tea is still for pussies.

  • Letibleu says:

    The researchers have informed the World Anti-Doping Agency in Montreal, Canada, of their findings. If the same effect occurs in human bodies, one answer would be to test athletes’ blood, rather than urine.

    WADA is aiming to add regular checks of blood steroids to its “biological passports”, which monitor athletes for suspicious changes in their physiology. That should foil any attempt to fool the urine test, says Olivier Rabin, WADA’s science director.




    I listened to MMA hour interview ken shamrock. The guy is still a douche BUT tI heard something smart come out of his mouth for probably the first time ever. He basically said, test for doping or dont. Dont go half ass. Test blood and at random or dont test at all. Anything else is half ass.