Effects Of Growth Hormone On Athletes May Be All Mental

June 19, 2008

A new study has shown that the performance-enhancing drug known as human growth hormone may have an effect on athletes that is more mental than physical.Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that the performance-enhancing drug known as human growth hormone may have an effect on athletes that is more mental than physical.

Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia carried out the study, which was funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency, as well as the Australian Government Anti-Doping Research Program.

They tested 64 young athletes in the study, with half given growth hormone, and the other half a placebo. They were studied for 8 weeks.

What they found was that people who believed they were given human growth hormone, but actually were given a placebo saw an increase of around 5% in their performance.

Researchers state that the effects of growth hormone on athletes may be more mental than it actually is physical.


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