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The Bear's Den: July 27, 2016

Here's your regular Bear's Den plus a bonus "mini-article" about PED's and how they affect ligaments.

Devin Hester "In the good old days"
Devin Hester "In the good old days"
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Mini-Article: Do PEDs make muscle tendons more brittle?

In the July 25 edition of The Bear's Den, reader Mike Ditka's Cigar asked: Do PEDs make muscle tendons more brittle?

With the rash of preseason injuries being reported around the league, I decided to ask our resident expert on human physiology Professor Jeanne Mitchell (i.e. my wife) of Truman State University's physiology department.

"The literature is mixed on whether the tendons themselves are badly affected by the steroids," she states. "However, there is evidence that guys who take steroids and then engage in heavy work (lifting or, for example, playing football) are more at risk for tendon injury because the strain on their tendons is greater."

"Here's one source to back that up [1]," she continued (see footnote references at end of the Den). "There were other studies that, when added together, come to the same conclusion"

"Overall," she concluded, "the ligaments that hold the bones together and the joint cartilage injuries were higher in players who'd used anabolic steroids[2]."

Thank you, Prof. Mitchell, and now, on with the Den.



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[1]Effect of androgenic-anabolicsteroids and heavy... by Olivier R. Seynnes; Sigitas Kamandulis; Ramutis Kairaitis; more... Journal of Applied Physiology, 07/2013, Volume 115, Issue 1"

[2]Self-reported anabolic-androgenic steroids use and musculoskeletal Horn, Scott; Gregory, Patricia; Guskiewicz, Kevin M, American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation / Association of Academic Physiatrists, 03/2009, Volume 88, Issue 3