- Tristan Thompson has been suspended for 25 games due to failing drug tests
- He was found to be taking growth hormones and performance-enhancing drugs
- READ MORE: Urgent warning over ‘dangerous’ muscle-building drugs
Thompson, who plays center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been suspended without pay for 25 games after testing positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033.
Both drugs are on the list of prohibited substances in the NBA because they give a significant boost to muscle mass, strength and endurance – even though they come with potentially life-changing side effects.
Tristan Thompson was handed the lengthy ban after testing positive for ibutamoren and SARM LGD-4033, respectively a ‘growth hormone’ and a muscle enhancement for bodybuilders
The drugs Thompson was using are meant to help athletes bulk up faster and increase performance. Thompson pictured in 2011 (left) and this month (right)
Ibutamoren is a type of growth hormone secretagogues, which work by ramping up the body’s production of growth hormones like HGH.
They act on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain and tell them to keep levels of HGH high throughout the day.
They help the body recover from injuries or strenuous training quicker, which can boost performance, improve sleep, speed up fat loss, stimulate appetite and improve muscle mass.
Likewise, Thompson was also taking SARM LGD-4033, a type of selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM).
SARMs are man-made chemicals that look like testosterone to the body and bind to receptors responsible for muscle growth.
They were designed for people with muscle-wasting diseases and to be less toxic than steroids.
SARMs specifically are thought to increase muscle strength and lower the amount of time muscles need to rest exercise, leading users to bulk up faster.
However, these drugs have been shown to cause long-lasting health consequences.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned last year that SARMs have been linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, psychosis, sleep issues, sexual dysfunction, liver injury, and infertility.
The agency has also stated that ibutamoren has been associated with a greater chance of developing congestive heart failure.
Donald D Ashley, director of the FDA’s Office of Compliance, said: ‘We are extremely concerned about unscrupulous companies marketing body-building products with potentially dangerous ingredients.’
‘Body-building products that contain selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs, have not been approved by the FDA and are associated with serious safety concerns, including potential to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke and life threatening reactions like liver damage.’
Both drugs are banned by the NBA, as well as sports authorities like the NCAA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.