Those who know question TRT’s legitimacy

by Kevin Iole | source: yahoo.com
 

Victor Conte once may have been Public Enemy No. 1 to regulators of combat sports. The founder of the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative – more commonly known as BALCO – was the man who not only helped athletes such as baseball home run king Barry Bonds to use performance enhancing drugs, but also hide their usage.

These days, Conte is one of the world’s most outspoken opponents of PED usage and regularly points out the inadequacies of testing protocols.

Conte scoffs at the notion that there is a large percentage of mixed martial arts fighters and boxers who genuinely need testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, for legitimate medical reasons. He believes they’ve simply discovered a way to increase their testosterone levels without failing a postfight drug screening.

Experts like BALCO's Victor Conte doubt there is a legitimate reason for an athlete to use testosterone replacement therapy.

“This is just another way to circumvent the rules,” Conte said of TRT usage in MMA and boxing, which entered the headlines last month when Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Nate Marquardt revealed he had fought three times while on testosterone replacement therapy. “That’s all it is.”

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stlnl2 site profile image  

7/11/11 4:24 PM by stlnl2

I think Conte is just pissed he didnt cook up the TRT angle instead of his designer drug stuff. Talk about a turn coat though.....a guy who is a professional cheat is suddenly sought for his "professional" opinion..........

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue site profile image  

7/11/11 4:21 PM by Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Where's Nate's tumor located? Just sayin...

FREEGodSaveTheQueen site profile image  

7/8/11 8:26 PM by FREEGodSaveTheQueen

I'm 28, have never done a steroid in my life. In my case I found out this past week that I have a tumor in my head affecting my pituitary gland. Not all cases are what you think just because your old and you happen to have normal levels

Wovito site profile image  

7/8/11 5:52 PM by Wovito

Would fighters consent to 25% pay cut in exchange for:- Health insurance 100% of the time you're on the roster-AND-- Regular testing besides pre-fight, say 3-4 times per year?Note: 25% for the sake of argument.

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7/8/11 5:02 PM by Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

I'm 47 years old and just got test for low-T, the result came back negative. I have normal testosterone levels...What does that say about Nate and all of the other athletes who use TRT?To many year's of abusing steriods? You decide....

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7/7/11 2:01 AM by FREEGodSaveTheQueen

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CountChocula site profile image  

7/7/11 1:59 AM by CountChocula

Thanks. Your points are good ones. I like the 46 and 2 ref in your avatar/name, by the way. Tool is the best band out there. Check out the documentary on Maynard's viticulture enterprise, called "Blood into Wine," you can find it in a torrent wherever. It's pretty good.

CountChocula site profile image  

7/7/11 1:59 AM by CountChocula

Thanks. Your points are good ones. I like the 46 and 2 ref in your avatar/name, by the way. Tool is the best band out there. Check out the documentary on Maynard's viticulture enterprise, called "Blood into Wine," you can find it in a torrent wherever. It's pretty good.

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7/7/11 1:53 AM by FREEGodSaveTheQueen

I am on TRT and I am a fighter but none of my test will fail because I take the prescribed amount to keep my levels to a normal range for my age.

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7/7/11 1:41 AM by slamming

Proof? Henderson has been confirmed to have a TUE.