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