Pross wrote:Is HGH even that much of a benefit in a footballer? Maybe in a big, powerful central defender or striker but a player like Messi is all about skill so not really much help there or does it alos improve attributes like speed? Given the amount of steroid use in low level amateur rugby I wouldn't be at all surprised to see HGH being used systematically at the highest levels. Teams going off to use the cryo chamber in Poland sets alarm bells ringing for me. Whilst the increase in size and speed is no doubt in part down to the professional era and players doing daily speed and weight training sessions the increase in size of backs (in particular) is huge. Whilst Jonah Lomu would still be bigger than most today he was considered a 'freak' by Carling at the time and there are now many players who are getting close to him in terms of size whilst maintaining their speed. No doubt some are just naturally built that way but it is starting to become the norm. I hope I'm wrong on this but the cynicism of years watching cycling make me fear I might not be.
Lomu was a freak not due to his size, but due to his ability to run 100m in about 10.5 sec, which made him as fast as wingers who weighed about 6 stone less than him. I don't think even today there are backs as big and fast as Lomu was.