i seem to recall this topic coming up in a different thread. it is acknowledged that HGH can help you recover faster. recovery time is important for the performance of pitchers. faster recovery will help players hit the weight room harder. it will help players recover from injuries faster. wouldn't those be performance enhancing benefits?
hgh allows you to develop lean muscle...basically it allows you to be thinner but just as strong. not so important for baseball but hypothetically a thinner athlete that is just as strong will be quicker and more agile...this would benefit runners, certain football positions, wrestlers, boxers, gymnasts, etc.
if you read all these studies that are being referred to they involve geriatrics with low levels of GH. there really arent any studies of people with normal levels of GH taking GH supplements. its hard to say exactly how much or how little it effects the performance of athletes.
ballplayers and other athletes are taking just HGH. they are taking HGH in conjunction with insulin, testosterone, EPO and who knows what else. there are no controlled tests to study those effects.
On the other hand, i think the fact that MLB and the Olympics ban HGH does have some bearing on the discussion of whether or not this is a substance that can improve athletic performance. I mean, why would they ban it if it couldn't be used to unfairly gain an athletic advantage? I'm sure part of it is being precautionary, right? Banning a substance that could give an unfair advantage, just in case it does, is a possibility. And i guess it could be explained away in that manner...it's being banned just as a precaution, as an overreation, and to protect athletes from the disturbing side effects.
that is correct...it is being banned because if it works as advertised it would be illegal. the same thing was true of andro. they banned it because if it actually did what it claimed to do it would be illegal. after a few years they found out andro didnt do anything. it costs a lot of money to do those scientific tests not to mention the ethical and legal issues of administering human testing. there is limited human research on hgh....there are some studies on elderly people or children with low levels of GH. its a huge risk to give a healthy person GH so there shouldnt be any scientific studies done in that manner.