Brian Cushing, the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, has been suspended for failing a drug test, allegedly testing positive for hCG. hCG is human Chorionic Gonadotrophin and is commonly used by drug cheats when they are coming off a steroid cycle because it helps to stimulate the body’s natural testosterone production.  A drug cheat needs to stimulate their testosterone production because using exogenous testosterone (external to the organism) shuts down the natural production of this hormone.

But all of this is a distraction from the real issue.  The real issue is that people have to stop being surprised, become more skeptical and stop being gullible.  Stop being surprised when athletes fail steroid tests.  Be skeptical when a 165-pound high school kid turns into a 220-pound high school senior, 250-pound college senior and a pro athlete who adds muscle well past the time when physical maturity ends.  Don’t be gullible to think that there are some secrets to training and nutrition that continue to be “discovered” and that are responsible for creating the physical specimens that grace the fields of competitive sports.

There are no real training, nutritional and supplement secrets.  Performance enhancing drug use is the secret. The training hasn’t changed appreciably over the past 50 years, and while diet and supplementation has improved from what it was a half century ago, nothing has really changed in the past 20­­­­-years to explain the massive growth of our athletes.  So don’t believe the nonsense that elite athletes and trainers know things nobody else knows.

Nothing, that is, except steroid and human growth hormone use.  The other drugs these athletes get popped for are part of the overall drug regimen they use.  There aren’t just two, or three or ten drugs used by the drug cheats.  Human growth hormone was being used over 20-years ago, well before 99.99% of the population had even heard of it.  So it stands to reason that in the year 2010 athletes have moved on and are using the next generation of substances, substances that 99.99% of the population hasn’t heard of yet.

So Brian Cushing failed a drug test and got caught cheating.  Big deal, get used to it.