Association of Ringside Physicians Releases Consensus Statement on Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Testosterone Replacement Therapy

January 27, 2014

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP), an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the health and safety of the boxer and mixed martial arts athlete, has released a consensus statement on therapeutic use exemptions for testosterone replace therapy in professional combat sport athletes, as follows:

The incidence of hypogonadism requiring the use of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in professional athletes is extraordinarily rare. Accordingly, the use of an anabolic steroid such as testosterone in a professional boxer or mixed martial artist is rarely justified. Steroid use of any type, including unmerited testosterone, significantly increases the safety and health risk to combat sports athletes and their opponents. TRT in a combat sports athlete may also create an unfair advantage contradictory to the integrity of sport. Consequently, the Association of Ringside Physicians supports the general elimination of therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) for testosterone replacement therapy.

For more about the ARP, visit its website at www.associationofringsidephysicians.org.

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For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ray Monsell
Chairman, ARP
ray147@talktalk.net

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2 Responses to Association of Ringside Physicians Releases Consensus Statement on Therapeutic Use Exemptions for Testosterone Replacement Therapy

  1. Jim Evans says:

    This SHOULD have some credibility since these are physicians.

  2. BOB BONAR says:

    This analysis by the Association of Ringside Physicians plays an important role in
    the career of the professional combat sport athlete. The testosterone level of any athlete is crucial to that athletes successful defense against an opponent. Whatever band with of testosterone is normal, therapeutic and necessary for the human body to safely compete in a sport should be the target of those who are dedicated to the health and safety of the combat athlete. Logically a testosterone that’s too high gives the athlete an unfair advantage verses too little an unfair disadvantage. The consensus by the Association of Ringside Physicians appears to be that the low testosterone athlete should go do something else, combat sports are not for you. You have the heart but not the tools.

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