Players to have blood drawn for HGH study during training camp

Jason Miller

The NFL and NFLPA are making significant progress towards HGH testing but need to set a baseline for HGH levels among NFL players.

It only took two years but according to multiple reports, the NFL and NFLPA has made "progress on an agreement to conduct HGH testing". According to Tom Peissero with the USA Today, the players' association sent an email to players, informing them that they'll be required to "provide blood samples during training camp physicals for a study on human growth hormone."

The population study will be used to determine what a "normal" HGH level is for an NFL player as negotiations continue on several other issues, including discipline for those caught with increased HGH levels, before testing is implemented across the league.

There will be no punishments from the league as the players' association is looking to develop a baseline for NFL players during negotiations for eventual HGH testing. The union argues that players "might have a higher natural HGH level than the general population."

"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," the union said in an email to players dated July 12.

"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."

The blood sample is just part of the remaining issues during negotiations between the league and players association. But it appears that real progress is finally being made.

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