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South Sydney prop Sam Burgess goes to extreme measures to keep himself on the park

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WHEN big Sammy Burgess strides out for Souths in the season opener against the Roosters on Thursday night, you could forgive him for hoping the next 30 weeks will not represent a living hell for his body.

Last year, he missed just six games - smashing the myth that he is injury prone - but the untold story of how he kept his brittle body together is fascinating.

From the taboo practice of injecting himself with his own blood, to playing with a compound fracture of the middle finger, to radical stem cell injections via liposuction - he is effectively the Bunnies' version of Frankenstein's monster.

"I played 22 games last year - and I haven't a clue how I did it," the Englishman said.

More here...

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/south-sydney-prop-sam-burgess-goes-to-extreme-measures-to-keep-himself-on-the-park/story-e6frep5x-1226589478926

Hope he gets through the Season, he needs to be in the big games in the WC

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Crikey, you'da though they'd be an element of self-preservation and long term thinking going on.

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Seems mad to me and raises ethical questions around the use of practices such as blood doping. It's sad that he's sacrificing his long term health for short term gain - twenty years down the line it's likely his body will be a mess and he'll suffer pain doing every day tasks.

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he better not be "adding stuff" with his blood when he re-injects it....silly boy

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Blood transfusions. This is what Lance Armstrong was up to. How can that not be called performance enchancing. And yet the Aussies don't see it this way.

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Blood transfusions. This is what Lance Armstrong was up to. How can that not be called performance enchancing. And yet the Aussies don't see it this way.

That blood spinning business is what Tiger Woods was up to with the Canadian doctor Tony Galea and the Feds were all over him (the doctor that is). Questionable practice at best, I imagine someone at the NRL might be having a word with Sam, especially after all the recent fuss down under about doping in Aussie sport.

But more than that, someone needs to knock some sense into the lad, and see that carrying on the way he describes and playing on with injuries is not the way to have a long career. Also sounds like his club needs to have a look at their player welfare.

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he would'nt have done it off his own back...the club would have had to be involved..

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It seems that it is not "performance-enhancing", but does help reduce recovery time. It seems to be a bit of a grey area at the moment. I'll reserve judgement.

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It seems that it is not "performance-enhancing", but does help reduce recovery time. It seems to be a bit of a grey area at the moment. I'll reserve judgement.

Reduce recovery time or just put it off until he reaches 30, whereby he will be no use nor ornament to anybody...?

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Reduce recovery time or just put it off until he reaches 30, whereby he will be no use nor ornament to anybody...?

Which is why I said "I'll reserve judgement."

If it is simply "reduce recovery time", then there is no reason why he should end up crippled. If it is to mask the pain involved, then I think it is a very dangerous procedure and someone's head should roll for letting it happen or encouraging it. (In such instances, I am always reminded of Ted MacDougall, the former Man U centre forward, who famously fell out with the club after refusing pain-killing injections. Ted was right to do so!)

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The banning of the shoulder charge will help preserve Sam's body from here on in. The reason it falls to pieces so often is because he just throws his body at the attacking player with out a care for his own safety. Now he will have to control how he hits people, which will no doubt help him.

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It seems that it is not "performance-enhancing", but does help reduce recovery time. It seems to be a bit of a grey area at the moment. I'll reserve judgement.

Reducing recovery time so he can back up fitter and better? In what way is this not performance enhancing.

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Reducing recovery time so he can back up fitter and better? In what way is this not performance enhancing.

"Recovery" as in "fit to play". Not as in "fitter to play better". I don't understand why you can't see the difference.

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"Recovery" as in "fit to play". Not as in "fitter to play better". I don't understand why you can't see the difference.

So without this he would be able to put the same standard if performance?

Normally after intense physical effort the body needs time to recover anything that artificially reduces this recovery time (steroids etc) is performance enhancing.

Blood transfusions replace blood depleted in hemocrit with new blood rich in hemocrit . This enables the body to absorb more oxygen and thus recover quicker

This nearly destroyed cycling.

So I'll ask again in what way does this not enhance his performance over over normal techniques such as diet exercise/ active rest routines etc

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They are talking about recovery time from an injury not recovery of energy levels from game to game. If he hadn't suffered injuries he wouldn't have had his blood "spun".

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People are allowed to take things and do things that enhance performance.

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So without this he would be able to put the same standard if performance?

Normally after intense physical effort the body needs time to recover anything that artificially reduces this recovery time (steroids etc) is performance enhancing.

Blood transfusions replace blood depleted in hemocrit with new blood rich in hemocrit . This enables the body to absorb more oxygen and thus recover quicker

This nearly destroyed cycling.

So I'll ask again in what way does this not enhance his performance over over normal techniques such as diet exercise/ active rest routines etc

So I'll answer again, but this time I'll ask you to read the quotes (someone else's by the way, not mine!). Try this.

We all need to recover after exercise. Speeding that recovery is not enhancing performance. I used to speed up my recovery by resting. Is that performance enhancing? I remember athletes using hyperbaric chambers to speed up recovery. Is this performance enhancing? Just where do we draw the line, because it sounds as if you want to be the final arbiter of what is and what is not acceptable. Shall we refer all such cases to you?

I repeat "It seems to be a bit of a grey area at the moment. I'll reserve judgement." It seems you don't want to reserve judgement. Fine. Hang the cheating barsteward if you want. I'll wait until more knowledgeable people have had their input, thanks.

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These parts of the article are the concerns

"It's frowned upon, but it's not illegal so do it," Burgess explains.

"From the taboo practice of injecting himself with his own blood"

Maybe he and his Club are pushing the boundaries of what is considered fair play.

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These parts of the article are the concerns

"It's frowned upon, but it's not illegal so do it," Burgess explains.

"From the taboo practice of injecting himself with his own blood"

Maybe he and his Club are pushing the boundaries of what is considered fair play.

The problem is not whether it's deemed fair play or not. That's for others to decide like WADA. The real problem is the damage your doing to the players. All players will play through pain and do whatever it takes to get on the pitch provided its legal. Clubs have a responsibility to protect the players.

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But playing on the edge of what is deemed fair is not a healthy situation.

You can do plenty of things that may not be right without breaking any existing rules.

If its frowned upon and considered Taboo, its not stated by who in the article, it can not be a good image for the game in general.

We have already had plenty of issues regarding Calf's blood injections and the like.

This is not the same as altitude training or players using climate training.

Its using Sports medicine to unnaturally get an advantage to return to the field or repair a broken body.

Where do you draw the line going forward?

The fastest market in Shops seems to be "legal" growth supplements, and mass building products, they are springing up in every suburb in Australia.

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With regard to what rugby players are prepared to go through, take a look at the picture on Elliot Kear's twitter page (Kear53).

No wonder he wore a headguard for the first few games.

https://twitter.com/Kear53

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