Natural body enhancement in the NFL : Is it a good thing?

It probably comes as no surprise that NFL players have some help in the getting jacked up department. Whether they’re on steroids or a natural steroid alternative, there is still a lot of behind the scenes body work going on among players. And we as a culture tend to expect our heroes to come with giant muscles and the strength of an ox. So is it any surprise that many of our top players are breaking the rules?


And I’ll let you in on a little secret: It extends far beyond just the players. If the football is a stage, there are many actors and they all want to look good and put on the best show they can. There’s a lot at stake: money endorsements and sponsorship deals and big contracts.

Even the cheerleaders aren’t as pure as one would expect. While breast implants are popular, there are other more natural ways that are beloved pompom bearers are getting a lift and a boost to their chests. We’d like to think that we don’t expect this as a culture, but it’s true that we do and is sexism will (unfortunately) always be a part of the sport.

I read an interesting review blog on Naturaful at by Veronica S., where she discusses some herbs that are an alternative to implants. It’s something I would definitely recommend that cheerleaders try before resorting to surgery! But the pressure on these women is crazy to look good, smile and be the sex symbols for the teams.

In an article on DeadSpin, a former Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader shared her story. According to the article, the women are expected to maintain a rosy complexion year round and are expected to pay for a good part of what it takes to maintain their hair and makeup. The teams will pay for a portion of this.

The women are also expected to appear in and then buy and sell calendars. The article likens this to a Mary Key style scheme. And, of course, the cheerleaders are expected to maintain a certain weight or they are put on the bench until they can reach their weigh in weight again.


New regulations support brain health

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With player concussions on the rise, and all over the news, the NFL has been scrutinized for cutting corners on player safety. As more and more retired NFL players come forward about concussion-related medical conditions later in life, the League is forced to make changes.

Beneath the surface of talk on concussions and head trauma is the rampant use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Perhaps this is the next layer of scrutiny the NFL will face as other sports, such as cycling, are being called to task on the use of banned supplements.

I have found some pretty cool products out there that help players achieve a lean look, while still increasing bulk and boosting endurance. is a great site to read more about this and other muscle-building strategies. Players must be strong, lean and powerful like bodybuilders, but they must also be kept safe while playing the game.

But it’s time to shed some light on perhaps the most important muscle: the brain. Building muscle and increasing safety is key. Best of all, none of the new rules that are being implemented will have much of an effect on the game. Fans will be hard-pressed to even notice a difference.

When it comes to head injuries, the League has implemented some new rules such as:

  1. Prohibiting peel back blocks to be performed by offensive players.
  2. Defense players are no longer allowed to push teammates at the line of scrimmage when offensive players are setting up to punt. This rule adds to an already existing rule that prohibits pushing teammates when the when offense is in field goal or extra-point position.
  3. When engaged by a defensive player outside the tackle box, it is illegal for a running back to chop a defensive player above the waist.
  4. When a pass is intercepted, receivers have defenseless player protection.
  5. If a player appears to have an injury, an injury spotter can stop the game.


3 Ways to Improve Football Player Safety In the NFL

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123 concussions were reported in professional players in the NFL in 2014, as reported by Increasing player safety has been a hot topic in the NFL, especially in the media, as more and more players suffer from concussions. Here are three ways to increase safety in the NFL.

1. Start promoting safety early on in the sport

Protecting the rookies of the future must be made early on. This is something that’s been overlooked in the League in the past. One lesson that must be drilled home early and often is that players are to always wear their helmets and to protect their most important muscle! The salad bowl helmets of the past have been replaced with ones meeting much stricter standards, and unlike players in the past, many rules now require young players to wear their helmets at all times.

2. Educate players about the need for safety prevention

In the past, the NFL has made it clear that players are fairly disposable. According to a study recently commissioned by the NFL Players Association, nearly half of all injuries required at least a week of recovery and many also required surgery. We need to acknowledge that players are not disposable, but that they should be protected for the duration of their career. In the past, injuries were treated by injecting fluids into joints and rushing the players back into competition. Obviously players need to build and maintain muscle to safely play in the game. But what’s the best way to build muscle without injecting illegal steroids? For a better alternative to dianabol, an illegal steroid, I highly recommend this article at Safety needs to be top priority for the longevity of players.

3. Improve Safety Equipment

Looking back, the NFL has used technological advancements to greatly increase the safety of the sport. We must continue to do this and make even greater safety gains. Helmets have improved with the Helmet Safety Latch and padding on players has become lighter and safer as well. Protecting the brain needs to be a top priority.