The American fighter Chael Sonnen is allowed to administer anabolic steroids. The doctor Timothy Trainor noted that this mixed martial artist really had hypogonadism.
What does this disease represent? Hypogonadism is connected with insufficient production of the hormone testosterone. Health care providers usually recommend hormone replacement therapy for treatment of this condition.
The fighter Chael Sonnen has received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE). So, this mixed martial artist is allowed to use steroids for medical needs and fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 148 in July 2012.
According to recommendations of Chael Sonnen’s physician, he has to introduce injections of Testosterone Enanthate and Testosterone Cypionate twice a week. The dosages which are indicated have not been revealed. But under establishments of the Nevada Athletic Commission, blood serum levels of testosterone in this mixed martial artist must remain within normal range on the morning after the fight against Silva.
The doctor Trainor confirms that those that compete with TUE should be tested on the morning after the match to learn whether they have applied something right before the competition.
The physician Trainor believes that testosterone is able to produce performance-enhancing effects, if it is administered right before the fight. He states that injections must not be applied in the days before a match to prevent increased testosterone levels.
But it seems that the NAC doesn’t know that steroids produce effects related to increase of performance, not only if they are utilized right before competitions. Usage of steroids enhances performance during trainings before competitions. And the effects remain even after sportspeople stop administering them.
The fighter Chael Sonnen had high testosterone levels at UFC 117. He noted that he had tested positive because he had been on TRT. After his appeal the suspension was reduced to 6 months from one year. But Chael Sonnen didn’t have any TUE that time.