It is a known fact that there are numerous countries that have banned steroids within their respective territories. This is also been observed in the United States of America as the Federal Drug Authority or FDA has banned several drugs that is considered as steroids or performance enhancer drugs. A number of sporting associations that are operating under their laws have also banned these steroidal drugs to be used by their athletes. Two of the more prominent sporting associations that are strongly stating their stand against these performance enhancing drugs are the National Football League or NFL and the Major League Baseball or MLB. One of the more recently banned substances that is said to be a performance enhance is the deer antler spray.
What is a deer antler spray and why is it banned by the FDA and the World Anti-Doping Association or WADA?
Deer antler sprays are made from deer antlers which have been used as an ingredient in Eastern herbal medicines. There is a certain substance in these sprays that are almost insulin-like. This substance can also be found in any red meat animal. It is the substance called IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor 1. There have been studies in the past that has indicated this substance as a dietary supplement for performance enhances which is considered as illegal by American legislative laws. This is the main reason why deer antler sprays are being banned not just in sporting associations but in the whole country.
Held legally liable upon usage
Professional and amateur-ranked athletes might be held legally liable when using these sprays during competition. This would also include the smear in their reputation as an athlete as a whole. There are still several manufacturers of these sprays that are offering their product through the worldwide web. Even if the substance is banned, the spray themselves might be allowed to be manufactured but with restrictions.
It is good to acknowledge that there are also positive effects that these sprays are giving its users. An individual who might have a surgery or is coming off an injury would be aided by these deer antler sprays in their road to recovery. A person who might have gone a major surgery could experience a longer recovery period. It is also to note that age brackets might play a role in this period of recovery. Having suffered from a major cranial surgery, it has been noted that the recovery period is set to at least a year after. Taking a couple of spray as prescribed have increased the recovery rate thus shortening the recovery period previously projected.
Steroids also have several side effects especially in a person’s physical features. Two of the most notable effects of too much exposure to these performance enhancers are loss of hair and acne. Increased appetite can also be observed in individuals who are taking steroids on a regular basis. Steroids are being given to patients who are suffering from brain tumors to ease the pressure in the head.