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Romanowski praises Galea's healing techniques

Former NFL player Bill Romanowski called Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor charged this week with smuggling and distributing human growth hormone, a "pioneer" for his techniques to help athletes heal from injuries.

He says Galea and his treatment techniques are very different from other headline-grabbing and widely-publicized cases involving performance-enhancing drugs. Any players linked to the Galea case, such as Redskins receiver Santana Moss, who sources say received treatments from Galea, shouldn't be viewed similarly to sports' disgraced steroid users, Romanowski says.

"This has nothing to do with getting stronger, faster, more explosive, he said. "This is 100 percent about healing an injury in a very localized place."

Romanowksi, who retired in 2003 after a 16-year playing career is the CEO of Nutrition53, a supplement and nutrition company, and said he's known Galea for nearly 15 years.

"When I call him a pioneer, I'm saying this is the best of the best of the best," Romanowski said. "This is a guy who's gone to Israel and practiced with researches and doctors and scientists who are so beyond simple, 'Let's give someone an anti-inflammatory or shoot them up with cortisone and they're going to be fine.' Because that's all they have in their toolbox."

"There's two issues here. In no way whatsoever is Bill Romanowski saying what Tony Galea did was totally fine. I'm not talking about crossing over the border of Canada with growth hormone. I'm not talking about practicing medicine where you're not allowed to practice medicine. Let that be really, really clear. Those things are one thing. I'm talking about Anthony Galea as a doctor, as a professional, as a person, and where his intentions were when he had desperate athletes -- some of the best in the world -- coming to him wanting and needing solutions to their issues."

Romanowski is a controversial figure in some NFL corners -- he was intimately tied with the BALCO investigation and has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs -- though respected in others for his involvement in the nutritional world. He met with Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan in February when the team was hiring a new strength and conditioning staff.

Romanowski says other doctors are practicing "prehistoric techniques," citing the widespread use of cortisone as an example. But Galea preferred to identify the precise area in need of repair and utilized a "blood-spinning" technique called platelet-rich plasma therapy.

Romanowski says Galea has explained these techniques to him, and Romanoswki said that human growth hormone and testosterone were used at times but not in dangerous levels.

"A minuscule amount of growth hormone, a minuscule amount of testosterone that would not show up -- would not even register -- on a drug test," he said.

"Let me use this comparison, if three glasses of wine is what puts you over the limit of operating a motor vehicle. The amount of wine that he's doing would be like a drop on your tongue. So that's what we're talking about here. We're not talking about somebody injecting massive amounts of growth hormone and testosterone in their [butt] to get stronger and get bigger. That's not what this is about. This is, within that solution that they inject right into the injured site, they will sometimes include a little bit of growth hormone and testosterone."

Romanowski said he doesn't feel Galea should be judged similarly to past PED providers and his clients shouldn't be viewed as past PED users.

"You can't think, 'Oh, these athletes are taking steroids to get better'," Romanowski said. "They've got to actually dive in and really try to understand, this isn't Victor Conte and BALCO labs. This is a world-renowned doctor who works with some of the top people in the world. And he does what is best for athletes, for people to heal the human body when there's been an insult or a trauma -- as in a torn ACL, a ruptured Achilles tendon, a hip surgery, a reconstructed shoulder. That's what we're talking about here."

By Rick Maese  |  May 20, 2010; 6:51 PM ET
Categories:  drug probe  | Tags: Anthony Galea, BALCO, Bill Romanowski, HGH, PED, PRP, Redskins, Santana Moss, Victor Conte  
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first to say that if Moss did indeed get any little amount of HGH that he will not play the first four games of 2010

Posted by: 4SkinzForever | May 20, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"We're not talking about somebody injecting massive amounts of growth hormone and testosterone in their [butt] to get stronger and get bigger. That's not what this is about."

Bill "I Injected Massive Amounts of Growth Hormone and Testosterone In My Butt" Romanowski

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Thanks for claryfying there Bill.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

"He met with Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan in February when the team."

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Come again?

Oh this does make sense now.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

If cortisone is Planet of the Apes then what is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

It does sound very Star Trek.

Cool!

I'm OK with it if Bill Romanowski is.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'm not so sure Romanowski is helping Moss much.

Posted by: hobbes9 | May 20, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

To those who truly knew him, the fierce scowl and bold headlines were the caricature of a man on a personal quest to find the ultimate tools for enhancing his performance. Despite his individual achievements, Bill always regarded his greatest feat as helping his teammates. He dedicated himself to giving them the tools to become better athletes, from the best nutritional supplements and access to top massage therapists, acupuncturists, and chiropractors to teaching rookies about mental toughness and much, much more.

At the end of his pro career, Bill’s quest took an urgent new turn: the incessant punishments of the playing field had robbed him of his ability to achieve mental clarity and focus along with his quality of life being in serious jeopardy. Putting his years of knowledge to new use, Bill sought out the best doctors and nutritionists to arrive at a formulation that would restore his mental function.

Despite his best efforts, however, Bill remains a complete idiot. Help him get rich -- and buy his worthless products.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Yeah basically, if my son was an aspiring football player, I wouldn't let Romo within 100 yards of him.

pfffffft...

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow, and this guy seriously wanted to be our strength and conditioning coach? Scary!

Posted by: Predator48 | May 20, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"If cortisone is Planet of the Apes then what is platelet-rich plasma therapy?

It does sound very Star Trek."

It's probably what caused Eurofans to chant, "EL DOPA!!!EL DOPA!!", everytime Lance turned a corner in France..A lie is a lie, but if its backed by mad capital, it sh*t-sure can be made into a "truth"..What did Goebbels say?? "Tell a lie often enough, and the people will eventually believe it.." ..what mask are we wearing today?/...

Posted by: frak | May 20, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Now Dr. Galea knows how Jimmy Clausen felt when Vinny gave him a ringing endorsement before the draft.

To sum it up, upon hearing the news both said "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | May 20, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Frak, man if you believe Lance Armstrong was clean...

fine, just fine.

Give it enough time, and Landis may not look like the only American cyclist who cheated.

Corroborating evidence will surface, just like that oil in the Gulf.

Armstrong is a doper.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Bill "I Injected Massive Amounts of Growth Hormone and Testosterone In My Butt" Romanowski

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Thanks for claryfying there Bill.

Posted by: Chia_Pet


LMAO!


Hey, beef or no beef that ish was funny as hell!!


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Could someone please clarify, what happens with trades that are made prior to owners not agreeing on a CBA agreement or in the event they opt out?

I've searched but can't find anything...

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 20, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I get the diff between PEDS and PEHS=performance enhancing healers. Moss took it to heal and get back on the field to help the team, was it wrong, yes according to the NFL, but I hold no grudges against him since it was a ACTUAL DR, not some BALCO lab.

If played a pro game that was my source of income and drive, but I got injured, and was told I could heal faster using a drug RECOMENDED by a legit DR...WTF?

It's really is a judgement call.

I hear almounds can enhance your performance...

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

In other news, local cat praises canary's parents.

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

We could have done without this little bit of drama.

Posted by: westjr88 | May 20, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Is it a possibility that Moss saw this Dr. and NOT taken a HGH or is that just reaching?

Posted by: westjr88 | May 20, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

My first Vegas trip ever, so I'm up for good times, whatever they may bring. My brother's getting married, and they decided to have a fun getaway wedding in Vegas, hence this trip... and I plan to make the most of it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 20, 2010 7:25 PM

Dooood. I'm jealous.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | May 20, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Nate:
Don't remake "The Hangover"

Posted by: westjr88 | May 20, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting argument Bill is making I think. What level of this stuff really provides a competitive advantage? I would think some PEDs in trace amounts, and in prescribed medicine have been approved by the NFL (for example steroid based asthma medicine). What now about trace PEDs as part of a healing methodology? Ultimately if Moss had some as part of his therapy, I think he'll be suspended for a couple of games, because this method of treatment has not been sanctioned by the NFL. However, going forward will these healing methods be bargained as part of the CBA?

Posted by: TWISI | May 20, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone ever get hurt in the CFL?

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Um, no undertones on that earlier request, RI, hook a brother up, yo....

Posted by: RedDMV | May 20, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Twisi-

It's definitely an interesting discussion. Where do you draw the line at what is considered a PED? It can't be legal vs. illegal, because you can walk into GNC/Vitamin Shoppe and pick up a banned substance. So do they start to regulate caffeine consumption, protein intake, and other supplements that fly under the radar.

-Allergy meds like a Clarinex D, Zrytec D has pseudoephedrine that can be used like ephedrine that was banned.
-Tylenol/motrin can not only alleviate pain, inflammation, but fix a hangover.
-ADD/ADHD drugs can not only allow players to concentrate but provide a little energy.
-Ambien can not only be used for a good time but can allow a player to sleep better and adjust to a changing game schedule.

I could go on but where does it end.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

santana gets 4 games - AND he has to stop using....is he any good w/o HGH?

apparently his "treatments" were pretty frequent. 50!!! times. could be once a week during the season? he was supposed to hook up last sept, but that deal went bad. was he using last year?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

http://www.scribd.com/doc/14066744/NFL-Banned-Substances

This is the banned substances act for the NFL. Appendix A lists all the current banned substances.

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | May 20, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Granted Bill R is trying to promote this DR for his own profit, but really how many BB players have admitted to using PED, to promote healing during injuries.

However, they say that with every hit a RB takes = a car crash. If the NFL took a step back and understands it's product could last longer using these products for ONLY healing it's players, maybe this would be diff story...

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Red here's the pdf of the agreement. You could read through it. But if I were you, I do just about anything else you can think of instead.

static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/cba/nfl-cba-2006-2012.pdf

Posted by: mack1 | May 20, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

--no beef--

Posted by: Chia_Pet | May 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

i doubt this is a black/white issue. i'm sure that it impossible to clearly discern exactly where "theraputic healing" stops and "enhancing performance" starts. so a lot is likely to hinge on two thinkgs:

1) exactly how long Moss' course of treatment

2) Santana's awareness of what the course of treatment entailed.

Posted by: mdrockjock | May 20, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 9:24 PM

The whole "visit" thing is strange. Tana would just need to get the HGH (usually comes in powder form where you mix your weekly injections in hydrostatic water), go to a drug store and buy a box of insulin needles and do the daily injections (1-2 cc's/ day) himself. HGH is generally taken 5 days per week in 3 month cycles. He could conceivable buy a year’s worth in one visit.

My guess is Dr. Galea was also using an unapproved drug, Actovegin, a derivative of calf's blood used to speed healing. For these injections his presence would be required.

Sorry MooMooMoodlyMoo, your calves aren’t just for Veal anymore.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

"...using these products for ONLY healing it's players, maybe this would be diff story..."

that sounds good! and we could even...whoa! ...i'm sliding....down the...slippery slope.... what's healing? every player will tell you they are injured in some way after every game.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

What are insulin needles?

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Diesel44,
could the "visit" have been for that "blood spinning" magic?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Let us not forget V1agra/C1alis/Lev1tra definitely fall into the performance enhancement category, however they are not banned.

There is hope for you beep-beep, sadly for your wife there is nothing but large amounts of alcohol for her.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"...using these products for ONLY healing it's players, maybe this would be diff story..."

that sounds good! and we could even...whoa! ...i'm sliding....down the...slippery slope.... what's healing? every player will tell you they are injured in some way after every game.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Well if regulated and tested, HGH could be used for healing like anyone, besides a person in SPORTS.

IF they tested for it, they would KNOW who is using it as a PED rather than a healer.

Ive never needed it, but I know others besides athletes have used it..?

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

What are insulin needles?

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 9:52 PM

You're a smart ass like me so I never know if you're joking.

Anyway-

Diabetics often progress to daily insulin injections. You, me, anyone can go to a pharmacy and buy a box of 100 insulin needles for about 10 bucks. These needles are not pre-filled and can be used to inject anything.

In Pennslytuckey a Rx is required.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

That can't be true, can it? You can't possibly buy a set of loadable hypodoimics (curly from three stooges pronunciation) at the store. Not possible.

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

rb_rivers, you said,
"Well if regulated and tested, HGH could be used for healing like anyone, besides a person in SPORTS."
............

well, isn't that the case already? hGH and even steroids are even legal for "regular people" under certain circumstances.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

As true as you're a cowboy fan.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

just checking in... moo-in-law still in town, so extra-curricular activities curtailed, so to speak.

bummed about the bullsh!it with Moss.

we cows think Romanowski should stop talking in the third person.

chia, keep working on how to turn sprouts into beef. it isn't that hard with the right equipment.

glad to see the conversation back to football, for better or worse.

'night all.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 20, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Paging Marko Mithchell, Oh wait, we cut you, Never mind, My Bad Fools.......

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam

Too true. If ONLY this team had Marko Mitchell, Leigh Torrence and Shawn Springs, they'd have won it all last year.

Posted by: TheCork | May 20, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse
You need to take that thing outta your AZZ , you know The Cork !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | May 20, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Alright Deisel, just thought I should let you know. That's not a syringe it's a turkey baster.

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

My guess is Dr. Galea was also using an unapproved drug, Actovegin, a derivative of calf's blood used to speed healing. For these injections his presence would be required.

Sorry MooMooMoodlyMoo, your calves aren’t just for Veal anymore.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 9:45 PM

like I said when the story was breaking, BGH and such is the good stuff...

although turkey basters are pretty fun, too.

WaPo did censor the original post, so maybe they were afraid of being scooped.

must sign off, have to corral the matriarch before she does too much damage.

catch you cows later.

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | May 20, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Hines Ward and Rod Woodson receive "blood spinning" treatments to recover amazingly fast from serious knee injuries? Maybe HGH was involved.

Posted by: coparker5 | May 20, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

"Romanowski praises Galea's healing techniques"

Bill Romanowski certainly is a trustworthy fellow.

Not.

Bill "The Spitter" Romanowski will next remind us that Galea is the guy who told him to do whatever it takes to keep up 'with the blacks'.

The next series of headlines will be of a similar loopy stripe and snarky texture:

"Lorena Bobbitt says the knife both cuts both ways"

"John Bobbitt still admits to occasional penis envy"

"Larry King, marriage counselor, believes that openness is happiness"

"Rapper Lil Wayne explains which body cavity is not the best place to hide things you'd like to smuggle into prison"

"Gary Coleman, anger management consultant, preaches patience to dwarfs who are not tossed gently"

"Lonely priest offers to conduct virginity tests on local Boy Scout troop"

"Big time college football coach will lecture military vets about loyalty and service to higher ideals before joining a new university for a better contract"

The Larry King speech is the one Santana Moss should listen to.

If he's open about his relationship with Dr. Galea, it'll work to give him some 'benefit of the doubt' with HGH issue, and give him a measure of happiness.

Posted by: MistaMoe | May 20, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

rb_rivers, you said,
"Well if regulated and tested, HGH could be used for healing like anyone, besides a person in SPORTS."
............

well, isn't that the case already? hGH and even steroids are even legal for "regular people" under certain circumstances.

Yes for "normal" ppl, but not for atheltes?

Realy though, who can say for certain that "Moss" was trying to "cheat"

Many more players have been "treated" by this DR so lets see, I bet Brady will be next....

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Moe bringing it, but in moderation these days. Some of us would prefer if you indulged.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Smack- I swear I've only injected the opposite sex with their consent.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Many more players have been "treated" by this DR so lets see, I bet Brady will be next....

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 10:28 PM
................

oh yeah. now that we've taken our hit, i can't wait for the others to come out. haven't heard of any other nfc east cites have we?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | May 20, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Nite all, hopefully this issue will get resloved, better than the NFL could do...

Posted by: rb_rivers | May 20, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas has made a statement via facebook.

It's a picture of him and Tana and he writes the following..

"We Ride together, We Die together. Bad Boys for life!"

I like the solidarity but he should probably be more specific with his support.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Phillip Daniels now...

"If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on."

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

HGH is used mostly to prevent or advance an injury. this shouldnt be a big deal. this is the reason why moss was allowed to play on a bum knee all season. I ask you guys this take away the illegal aspect. What is morally wrong with a player trying to improve themselve or keep them playing longer. If its not physically hurting them why is it a big deal whats the difference between that and taking a cortozone which ables a guy to play through injury. this isnt hurting anyone , there doing this for there team an d organiztion why should we care

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 20, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Smack- I swear I've only injected the opposite sex with their consent.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 20, 2010 10:37 PM

So I don't need to subpoena the invoices? Have a good one man.

Posted by: SMACK1 | May 20, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

U notice there was no out cry over Moss the NFL the players teammates are a community and they understand the reason for the use during a crueling season. Every NFL player is taking something legal or illegal to keep them to play all season. U notice how Daniels was like i hope it doesnt link because no one cares and then they have to answer question about is it right or not

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 20, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

U notice there was no out cry over Moss the NFL the players teammates are a community and they understand the reason for the use during a crueling season. Every NFL player is taking something legal or illegal to keep them to play all season. U notice how Daniels was like i hope it doesnt link because no one cares and then they have to answer question about is it right or not

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 20, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I can just picture the scene in the courtroom:

The defense wishes to call its first character witness,, Mr William Romonowski

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 20, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Man. Good Ol Santana Moss. Damm.

I don't personally take anything away from Moss on this, though. Seems the guy was doing it related to an injury.

That said, he'll probably be suspended.

That said, I don't think it will matter much. It will be better to have him, but we'll make due with a professional coaching staff, a professional game plan, an improved O Line, a commitment to a Running Game, Donovan McNabb under center, Grown Up play-calling, and plenty of other guys who can catch the ball.

OH, and, of course, if need be, the Swinging Gate play.

We'll be fine.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 20, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I have sympathy for Moss and other players. In the upcoming CBA, I hpe they get most of what they want. The players are the stars of the show and many spend a lifetime dealing with pretty harsh consequences for a very short time in the spotlight.

Still, Moss knows the rules and it would be wrong for him not to get suspended.

The techniques the doctor uses should be evaluated, and if proven safe and effective, these techniques should be adopted. I understand the league sees this as a can of worms/slippery slope. I see it as helping guys who play a brutal game to get the best medical treatment they can get.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | May 20, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

"This is a guy who's gone to Israel and practiced with researches and doctors and scientists who are so beyond simple."

Yeah, only the best doctors in the world are in Israel...please. What a loser.

"Off the field, he and his wife were investigated for prescription drug fraud, though the charges were later dropped. Records seized by the government belonging to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative, later discovered to be the source of a designer steroid, indicate that he had used the anabolic steroid "The Clear" and synthetic testosterone ointment "The Cream" provided by BALCO since 2003. In an October 16, 2005 appearance on 60 Minutes, Romanowski admitted to using steroids and human growth hormone that he received from Victor Conte, BALCO owner."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Romanowski

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 20, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Great News. And this on the day when Lance "Pass Me That Syringe" Armstrong is outed as a Doper again.

Man. Sports stink.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 21, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Hey everbody...

You don't have to worry about doping in soccer

If America concentrated on soccer. We could produce 18 year-olds who would command 130 million dollars over 6-8 years on top of becoming a Global icon.

Football/Baseball/Basketball is too saturated with talent. Not enough money to go around.

Pasele la pelota.

Posted by: Vicc | May 21, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I can provide some perspective on this as I'm a med student but would not claim to be the authority on this. Only stating this to give some credibility to what I'm about to say.

Bill is right even though he comes off sounding like an ape. Cortisone shots are basically anti inflammatory and actually hinder the healing process. Inflammation is vital part in any kind of tissue damage, obviously like anything to a certain extent. During this process the body releases chemokines, cytokines, growth factors from neutrophils, macrophages, platelets, and endothelial cells. Which is probably why high concentrations of platelets injected locally will facilitate the healing process. I'm pretty confident that the use of HGH LOCALLY would provide a similar benefit by the same means. What he is doing is pretty cutting edge and not taught in the books yet. But HGH used locally does not provide Performance-enhancing effects. He (Moss) would have to take much higher doses, regularly, to have the previously mentioned affect. NFL would have caught that. ALSO FYI CORTISONE IS A STEROID! So not allowing the use of HGH in the same manner would be highly hypocritical!

Posted by: lsx981 | May 21, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Correction**** Inflammation is vital part of **Healing/Repair** in any kind of tissue damage, obviously like anything to a certain extent.

Posted by: lsx981 | May 21, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Hey lsx981, thanks for the info. I don't doubt the healing effects work - and yes, it IS hypocritical - you wouldn't fly the guy into town multiple times and pay for his hotel rooms if it wasn't worth it - but Moss will get suspended.

I don't look at Santana Moss as a doper, either. If he was JUST faster than everybody or JUST stronger than everybody, I'd fault him. But his game is largely based on his ability to catch the ball. He's got some great moves - ones that would work with or without HGH.

It's unfortunate it's not legal. Yet.

Posted by: Thinker_ | May 21, 2010 4:17 AM | Report abuse

I get what he's saying and it makes sense. He's not arguing that rules weren't broken. He's arguing that this is a sensible way to treat an injury and that it should be allowed. He's also saying Galea isn't a bad guy, nor the player. The guy broke the law and will have to face the piper, but there are far worse things going on in the world.

Posted by: lordtwang | May 21, 2010 4:43 AM | Report abuse

"Romanowski praises Galea's healing techniques"

I can't think of a more damning sentence for Galea...

Seriously though...I can't think of a sports-related topic I'm any less interested in than steroids and HGH. I wish the NFL and every other professional sports league would just make a decision on this crap once and for all. Seems to me there's just a clusterf*ck of supplements out there and there's not a whole heckuva lot of difference between the stuff that's legal and the stuff that's illegal. Seems to me it makes life easier for everybody if they either make it ALL illegal or just stop banning steroids altogether. If someone wants to shrivel up their man-parts for the sake of squeezing out a few extra years of playing ball, I say let 'em.

I'd rather talk Haynesworth and TO all day every day than talk about steriods...

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 21, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

If I am Galea I tell Romanowksi to go endorse someone else. Having an admitted offender of the NFL's PED policy defend him is kind of like having steak dinner defend the Christians from the Lions.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | May 21, 2010 5:49 AM | Report abuse

A drug you can’t test for is like a law you can’t enforce…Why have it?

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | May 21, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

Exactly 2ndtier...that's why I say either ban it all or ban none of it. Too much of a gray area with too many of these supplements.

Posted by: brownwood26 | May 21, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

I still don't understand the difference between cortizone shots and PED's. Doesn't a cortizine shot enhance your ability to perform on the field due to an injury by taking the pain out of it.

Posted by: skynz71 | May 21, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Romo has as much credibility is his discussion about healing treatments as Canseco has about steroids/PEDs. Bright & honest guy.

Posted by: shanks1 | May 21, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Quoting Captain Steroid, nice. Can you dig up any quotes from Lyle Alzado, too?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | May 21, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, and this guy seriously wanted to be our strength and conditioning coach? Scary!

Posted by: Predator48 | May 20, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

why? he didn't say anything except that this guy has some revolutionary techniques to help healing. Cortisone therapy for the most part is damaging and archaic.

If someone else besides Romo had said this, people wouldn't be up in arms. Learn to think outside the box a little.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 21, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Romo has as much credibility is his discussion about healing treatments as Canseco has about steroids/PEDs. Bright & honest guy.

Posted by: shanks1 | May 21, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

he's got more credibility than you would think considering he's made it his lifelong passion to learn as much as he can about healing tissues and ligaments from the abuse they take as a pro athlete. His steroid use shouldn't disqualify him from providing an educated viewpoint on how to heal the human body. He didn't just use steroids. He used hyperbaric chambers, massage therapy, legal supplements etc to keep his body from breaking down. You want to dismiss all of that because of his steroid use go ahead, but its pretty smallminded. Knee jerk reaction.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 21, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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