NFL to adopt Olympic standards for testosterone

By Alex Guzman  |   Thursday, April 14, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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The National Football League and the players' union have agreed to allow stricter standards of testing for testosterone levels at the start of 2006. The move required the approval of the NFL Players Association.

The upgrade had been expected to be adopted next month. That's when the NFL and the union plan to hold their annual meeting on their drug policy. More modifications are expected at the upcoming meeting.

League commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced that the union had approved the new, more stringent standards which mirror the new guidelines set by the International Olympic Committee.

Under the previous guidelines, a ratio above 6:1 of testosterone to epitestosterone (itself another naturally-ocurring hormone) was considered a failed test. The ration has changed to 4-to-1. Most humans have a ratio of 1:1.

The NFL hopes to keep pace in the fight against steroids and other performance-enhancing substances, having announced last month the formation of a new drug-testing laboratory in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
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