Every athlete especially those hoping to compete in competition more so the national and international one have to read carefully about illegal enhancing substances. Every other year or at every other athletic competition, a good number of athletes are banned from participating in a particular event. Bodybuilding has not been spared the bans and the suspensions either. When it comes to the use of a peptide, you will need to confirm with the organizing body as well as the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The list of illegal substances is extremely fluid. What is allowed in January of a particular year can be illegal by December the same year. Even though athletes are allowed some time to have whatever substance they have been using to wash away from their bodies, it is critical that one reads the ‘list’. The main body that outlaws drugs and substances is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Countries and bodybuilding associations and agencies can have their own anti-doping rules but the WADA ones supersede.
The current state
In 2008, WADA issued a long list of all the substances that an athlete can use. However, athletes will emphasize more on the disallowed ones for obvious reasons. Every other year however, there are a few substances that are added on to the list and one or two that are scrapped from the list.
According to WADA’s list of 2016, there are a host of Growth Hormones (GHs) that are listed as illegal. However, for a peptide to be listed here, it does not necessarily mean that it is illegal. It could be undergoing some research tests. One of the peptides undergoing tests is the AOD-9604. However, as far as WADA is concerned, the Growth Hormone Releasing Hormone (GHRH), Growth Releasing Secretagogue (GHS), Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), and the GH itself are not supposed to be used by athletes.
Understanding a peptide
This is a compound which is made up of two or more amino acids. The number of bonded units will normally not exceed 50. When the number exceeds 50, the compound becomes a polymer. It is, therefore, monomer kind of protein. They have many functions and roles in the body.
There is a feeling among athletes and many sport’s experts that the peptide class should not supposed to be overly banned in the sports arena. There are many versions of this compound that are very subtle in the way they work and do not adversely influence a person’s metabolism.
On one hand, WADA is working to safeguard the integrity of the game while on the other institutions and athletes want the best genuine ways through which performance can be achieved. Still, the agency feels the need to classify every other peptide and substance that has not been proven to be naturally enhancing under the SC2. This is to the disadvantage of the athletes especially when such substances are declassified.
There is a very intense research going on globally especially with regard to the growth hormone peptide. In due course, however, the picture will be clearer to both athletes and interested parties.