Power GnP wrote:
Currently a blood matrix test is the only way to detect HGH, and various other substances. The IPF is moving to follow WADA’s steps to make drug-free sport closer to actually being drug-free, since we are WADA affiliated we didn’t have a choice but to eventually follow their methods if we wish to stay in the World Games etc. This shouldn’t really be a surprise, WADA first used blood tests on athletes in mass at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Yes and last I checked that was the Olympics. I think the urge to cheat to win that is a little higher than it is to beat Joe Blow at your local powerlifting meet.
Not too mention the federations and divisions (NCAA as an example) that Olympic athletes are pulled from do urine testing for the most part, not blood.
I just think this is going to turn a lot of people off to the federation and I mean the 100% clean people.
This is a relatively new test and WILL begin to trickle down to regional, state/provincial and eventually local levels, like it or not. I wouldn’t be worried about getting pricked for blood at a local USAPL meet just yet, but this may happen in the future…keep in mind this isn’t just an IPF thing, any drug free sport federation worth its weight will be implementing this soon, that means NCAA schools, amateur WADA affiliated sports etc.
Urine tests are still the backbone of any drug testing protocol but HGH is not readiliy detectable in urine, so its pretty easy to see why testing needs to evolve. Point is this is the future of drug testing, so you can either bitch about it or accept it…or get your PhD in Bio.Chem or some related field and get to work on a HGH urine test (good luck).