On Monday June 10th CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster gave what appears to be a mixed bag of blessings and imprimaturs, regarding TRT usages in the state of California.  

In a nutshell the ruling states that if a fighter has received a previous exemption to use TRT in the state, then they are free to continue doing so. However, fighters who have never been given a waiver for TR will not be allowed to use the therapy.

Director Foster stated, "I'm not going to say no to those who previously have been approved, but no new ones will be given out.”

The moratorium on new waivers is set to stand until CSAC can update its own policies on TRT and (then only) with an eye to making the waivers progressively more difficult to obtain. For all intents and purposes, it seems that the goal of the new policy is to ban TRT by simply making the waivers too hard to get.

The standard to pass for an exemption revolves around two words, “organic” and “functional” and the role that they play in lowering a fighter’s T-levels. A fighter with an organic deficiency is waiver eligible. A fighter who has a functional deficiency is not.    

Organic deficiencies are ones which are deemed to be beyond the scope of a fighter’s control. These are defined as long-term and irreversible issues and cover a gambit of maladies.  The cause of organic failings can be due to anything from genetic, developmental and metabolic problems, to brain injuries and infections.

Functional deficiencies are conceivably reversible and within the purview of a fighter to control. Items on this list which might bring about the complication are extraneous weight, stress and abuse of alcohol. Two other points of origin for FDs’ and the ones that would be of particular interest and concern to fighters are overtraining and aging.  

Also contained within the ruling is a total ban on TRT and its use by female fighters. The only allowance for such use is by and for, transgendered fighters.  

In terms of my view of it, the whole thing doesn’t make much sense. Fighters who are already “on” are grandfathered-in and allowed to keep their waivers, where fighters who didn’t get on the TRT gravy train are left forever banned from it.

I also fail to see how aging is considered a functional deficiency and not an organic one. For, is not aging an irreversible, degenerative condition? By its own definition one would think that CSAC should have assigned aging to the list of organics and not consider it a functional deficiency.

Perhaps our resident medical guru Michael Stephensen could weigh in on the issue.

Personally, I feel that by the definitions given that aging in an organic deficiency and not a functional one. If that is the case then the solution to the problem could be manifold. Allow all to us TRT as opposed to allow none, might be one solution. Setting a minimum age for being on TRT, might be another.

Also and in closing we should consider this, if aging is an organic deficiency (which I believe it to be) then are not older fighters @ a disadvantage and in banning TRT, is not CSAC (by default) advantaging younger fighters who don’t need TUEs’ (therapeutic use exemptions)?

On a side-note, Brazil is a beautiful country.