TESTOSTERONE, PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT AND OPTIMAL HEALTH: DOING WHAT’S RIGHT FOR COMBAT ATHLETES

By Tom Deters DC

NOTE TO READER : Dr. Tom Deters has published hundreds of article in the areas of strength and conditioning, performance nutrition and performance enhancement. As former Editor in Chief of Muscle & Fitness magazine for fifteen years, he has trained with, worked with and interviewed dozens of professional bodybuilders, NFL strength coaches and has been featured on national television to discuss anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs. He is one of the co-founders of www.JiuJitsuMania.com and holds an advanced belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

If you wanted to argue that combat athletes (MMA fighters and their cousin competitors in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Muay Thai and wrestling to name a few) subject themselves to some of the most intense, brutal and stressful training in all of sport, you would have a pretty solid argument.  Not only do combat athletes train at highly anaerobic levels, but they endure stress, pain, undergo extreme measures to make weight and experience pre-fight adrenaline dumps that few athletes will ever experience.

These young men who entertain, motivate and inspire millions deserve not only our respect, but the very best medical and health care on the planet. How ironic, that due to both ignorance and misunderstanding of medical research data by the mainstream media, the general public, some (not all) sanctioning bodies and the athletes themselves, fighters are conditioned to be “testosterone phobic”. This could actually jeopardize their health and well-being. Despite the contention of some that testosterone is the “bane of our existence”, leading to over aggressive behavior, increased rates of prostate cancer and heart disease, medical research suggests quite the opposite.

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