The Association of Professional Ringside Physicians wants to ban TRT from combat sports

January 27, 2014 8:55 am by bjpenn.com staff 11 Comments

If it was the doctors who were to blame for bringing Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) into combat sports, then it only seems fitting that those same physicians would be the ones to remove it.

The Association of Professional Ringside Physicians recently issued a press release calling for the ban of ‘TRT’ and ‘TEU’ in combat sports.

The press release reads as follows:

For Immediate Release January 27, 2014

Association of Ringside Physicians Releases Consensus Statement on
Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Testosterone Replacement Therapy

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), an international, non-profit
organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed
martial arts athlete, has released a consensus statement on therapeutic use
exemptions for testosterone replace therapy in professional combat sport
athletes, as follows:

The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone
replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is
extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid
such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist
is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited
testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to
combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports
athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the
integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside
Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use
exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.
For more about the ARP, visit its website at:


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