Chad Johnson says he took Viagra earlier than NFL video games to get round PED guidelines

Chad Johnson made an fascinating reveal on Twitter Tuesday night time.

The previous Bengals Professional Bowl receiver mentioned he would take Viagra earlier than video games as a option to enhance his efficiency. 

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When somebody requested whether or not he was merely joking, Johnson responded, “No it wasn’t a joke, I actually took viagra earlier than video games, the rise in blood move made me unbelievable [sic] explosive in & out of my routes.” 

There’s some proof (the protected for work type) to again up Johnson’s declare. There is a second when he is mic’d up and speaking to a coach, saying he took the capsule.

The previous NFL receiver has additionally mentioned this a number of times on Twitter. He made the joke that he took Viagra so he could be “arduous to cowl.” 

Johnson additionally admitted on Twitter that he did this as a option to get round drug testing.

Former receiver Brandon Marshall mentioned he’d heard of different gamers taking Viagra as effectively. However he additionally defined why he is hesitant to make use of it.

“However some guys, they will do no matter they will to get an edge,” Marshall said in 2012. “I’ve heard of some loopy tales. I’ve heard (of) guys utilizing like Viagra, significantly. As a result of the blood is supposedly skinny, some loopy stuff. So, you recognize, it is type of scary with a few of these chemical compounds which are in a few of these issues, so it’s a must to watch out.”

However now the true query is: Does this truly work?

Johnson is not alone in his pondering. Some males who prepare began to take Viagra, or drugs just like it, as a preworkout and declare it made a distinction. Males’s Well being Journal identified that there are a number of research to assist it.

From Men’s Health Magazine:

There is a small quantity of analysis to assist these claims. A couple of research have urged that taking sildenafil can profit athletes competing at excessive altitudes, corresponding to cyclists or long-distance runners, by delivering extra oxygen to their muscle tissue. Moreover, a 2013 research within the journal of Medical and Translational Science urged that sildenafil may improve muscle protein synthesis and cut back muscle fatigue, concluding that it could “characterize a possible pharmacologic technique to enhance skeletal muscle perform.”

The energetic ingredient in Viagra, Sildenafil, is meant to improve blood move by opening up the blood vessels. This permits blood to move freely to the penis and different surrounding muscle tissue.

After Marshall’s feedback, the NFL mentioned Viagra was not on the banned substance listing. Across the identical time, the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) was wanting into whether or not Viagra was actually helpful. In its findings, WADA discovered that Sildenafil is not going to make a big affect for athletes.

“Sildenafil is unlikely to exert helpful results in oxygen supply or train efficiency at altitudes < 4000 m for the overwhelming majority of the endurance skilled males or ladies,” the report reads.

Nonetheless, it is fascinating to know that NFL athletes had been keen to tackle the potential unwanted effects of taking Viagra merely to achieve a possible edge.