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Monday, 01/27/2014, 08:55 am

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:


11 Responses to “The Association of Professional Ringside Physicians wants to ban TRT from combat sports”

  1. SlipSlap says:

    about time. this sport will never be taken seriously by mainstream media globally until it cleans up its act and bans PEDs.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      What a knucklehead…yah just like Football, Baseball, Basketball and Soccer….yep just like those sports hat have NOT been taken seriously globally because of all the TRT and PEDS mess…What a moron..

      • SlipSlap says:

        Now I can see why people on here consider you mentally challenged. Let me try and help you understand English, the keyword in my initial comment being ‘globally’, American football, basketball and baseball are in no way major sports outside of the US, soccer is however. American Football and Baseball are considered sports for junkies outside of the US by mainstream media – fact. So in summary, you’re retarded.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Yah, and what do people on here think of you??? roflmao… Let me edjurcate you dummy. American Football is played in Canada and throughout Europe, so is Basketball and Baseball has players from Asia, South America, etc. Soccer?, Plz dufus… So can we agree, they all have a certain level of being known “globally” ? Now, stay with me stoopid, I’m going to mentally challenge you. If your assertion that the mainstream media does not seriously take the legitimacy of MMA becasue of PEDS, I say that it comes down to bullshit, because these other sports are taken seriously globally, whether the fucked up global media likes it or not!! Do you fuckin watch mma because the fuckin mainstream media likes it or NOT??? Then STFU about mma being taken seriously by the mainstream media globally. Who cares what the mainstream media thinks of doesn’t think. Moron stick to under water penny stacking, cuz you don’t know shit about anything. Dumbass.

        • SlipSlap says:

          So the fact I’m an American who spent 12 years training and competing in Asia and Europe before I moved to Europe and lived for 12 years and I’m now in Australasia you think I’d notice if American football (of which I’m a huge fan, so I actively looked out for the sport in the 7 nations Ive lived over the last 2 decades), baseball or basketball were mainstream where I’ve lived as you claim – yet not a single mention of any of these sports ever in the media, apart from highlights of the Superbowl and minor league, amateur basketball and you’re a global media expert….? Yeah right. Grow up and keep learning. Your know it all arrogance makes you look and sound really dumb.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Thanks for your life story…I really enjoyed knowing all that. Ok, I understand you are a bit uneasy dealing with a masculine challenge to your assertions. Perhaps my style offends your sensibilities. I see that you focus on the insults and not the challenge that cause you to be derailed of your point. Cool.

          Let’s discuss your point then. Your assertion is,,,”this sport will never be taken seriously by mainstream media globally until it cleans up its act and bans PEDs.” You seem to indicate that the so-called mainstream media globally is the most important opinion mma needs to be legitimate or taken seriously? Right? I challenge you by saying that mma doesn’t need some feminized global mainstream media to expand at all. When the UFC started and when Zuffa create UFC 2.0, it was the mainsteam media that vilified mma. It grew exponentially. Therefore, I am telling you BULLSHIT on your assertion that mma needs the mainstream global media opinions for anything PEDS or no PEDS to grow globally. Next PEDS already ARE illegal. Lastly, TRT is NOT PEDS. ( sorry if my one little masculine outburst offended you).

        • SlipSlap says:

          Nice bait and switch.

          “You seem to indicate that the so-called mainstream media globally is the
          most important opinion mma needs to be legitimate or taken seriously?

          Not quite.

          My opinion is that, as very clearly stated, if the sport is to reach its true potential in terms of viewing numbers (the media) and a natural flow on being more participants in the sport, overall resulting in a win win for the sport as a whole, instead of the chemists and cheats, then “it” – being professional MMA, needs to clean up its act.

          No worries on you feeling that you have to prove your masculinity on the internet. I guess your estrogen levels blew one of your balls out.

      • mightymass says:

        I dont know what planet you live on, but on the globe I live on football, baseball and basketball are only big in the Americas. Where I live (not America) the media pokes fun of american football players and baseball players for being on drugs. Not a good image. Certainly not respected as credible sports.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          Where do you live? I will bet you that whatever sport is considered popular in your area, PEDS are rampant in them. And for your fucked-up media to NOT highlight it and poke fun at American sports, is simply the height of hypocritical cowardness by your countries wimpy media.

        • mightymass says:

          If you cant have a rational conversation like a real man then crawl back into your barbie cot you pathetic piece of shit.

        • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

          That was a real rational comment by a real man, huh, mightymass? I like the way you lead by example…You are a hero to your family, I’m sure.

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