Date of Completion

Spring 5-2-2014

Thesis Advisor(s)

Maureen Croteau

Honors Major



There is a certain mystique around human growth hormone and the effect it has on athletic performance. Currently there is the notion that using HGH boosts athletic performance, despite a lack of evidence. Studies have actually shown that HGH use does not improve performance and may not prevent injuries, which is what athletes and the public think it does. This is a topic that has not been explored very extensively. Science has established that taking HGH won’t turn an everyday player into an all-star. Steroids have a proven effect; HGH does not and it seems the line between the two in the media is at times blurred. My thesis explores the mystique of HGH and works to debunk the general public’s opinion of HGH in sports.