All kinds of sports are around the corner and HGH therapy is the term that gets thrown around during such seasons. For others, it is the savior drug. For others, it is time to crack down any drop of HGH in the players’ blood.
Think about Barcelona, which name comes to mind? Messi, right?
Messi is arguably one of the best players this world has ever seen. His professional track record is decorated with numerous awards including player of the year, Ballon d’Or, golden boot among others. Messi’s track record has inspired admiration and skepticism in equal measure. Many skeptics and critics have been particularly interested in the history of Messi’s HGH therapy.
Did Messi use HGH therapy?
Yes, he did. Now, before you jump to conclusions, he had a pretty good reason to do so.
For those who aren’t in the know, the Human Growth hormone is a chemical produced in the body. HGH therapy controls growth and development. For a person to successfully navigate puberty into adulthood, one must have adequate levels of HGH in their body.
Messi and Growth Hormone Deficiency (GHD)
What many people don’t understand is that when he was eleven years old, Messi was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency. That meant that despite his natural talent in the field, he wasn’t able to go professional. You see, with inadequate levels of growth hormones, Messi would have developed weaker bones, poor muscle bulk, central obesity, and short stature. These features would have prevented him from playing in a professional capacity.
How then did this treatment affect his game?
After he was signed by Barcelona, Messi underwent extensive HGH therapy to boost his growth hormone levels. The therapy involved being treated with recombinant growth hormone therapy. Here are some of the benefits he might have ripped from the therapy.
According to his doctors, had they not intervened, Messi would have grown to a height of 150cm, which is 20 cm short of his current height.
His newfound height came with the advantages of longer strides. Being 170cm tall, he still is among the shortest players in the league, giving him the advantage of reasonable strides and a low center of gravity and stability.
Those who’ve seen Messi play would attest to his dribbling prowess and he rifts through defenders without falling.
Let’s say that HGH therapy gave him a height boost just enough to see him play professionally without tampering much with his center of gravity.
He heals better
Doctors have established a clear relationship between HGH therapy and wound healing. In a study done by Gillberg et al., the use of recombinant HGH therapy showed a general increase in the bone mineral density and the bone mineral content. Both attributes are beneficial for football players facing risks of bone and soft tissue injuries.
Since 2013, Messi has suffered a total of twelve injuries, the worst being a torn muscle in 2014 which saw him miss ten games. Other than that, he only took few days to recover from the other injuries.
He is faster
Whether his sprint is directly related to his use of HGH therapy is unknown. What we know for a fact is that the use of HGH has been proven to improve sprint time among athletes.
Speaking about the study of HGH on athletic performance at Garvan, Professor Ken Ho had this to say
“In conclusion, growth hormone increases athletic sprinting when given alone or in combination with testosterone…”
Professor Ho who was among the research heads believes that the effects of HGH might be much greater than their findings.
Messi’s performance in the field has seen him attract criticism from his competitors about Messi’s growth hormone therapy. Can we say that he is where he is currently entirely because of HGH? Not at all. What we can say though, is that the use of HGH has definitely played a pivotal role in getting him there.
Would you use HGH if it meant your life would be better?