The Deer Antler Spray that Champions Tour golfer Mark Calcavecchia once endorsed is now an illegal substance and the PGA has told him he can no longer use it.
Made by Sports With Alternative To Steroids (S.W.A.T.), Ultimate Velvet Spray contains the deer antler-derived growth hormone that sports associations around the world are cracking down on.
The spray is administered under the tongue and comes from the velvet of young deer antlers. It contains a substance called IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) which is similar to the effects of traditional steroids.
Deer Antler Spray benefits
The benefits of taking the spray are said to be a highlighted athletic performance, increased muscular strength and endurance, and anabolic or growth stimulation.
The use of the Deer Antler spray is already prohibited by baseball, as IGF-1 can’t be detected in the urine tests used by baseball committees, and the World Anti-Doping Agency, among other governing bodies. IGF-1 is said to mediate the level of human growth hormone in the body and is made primarily in the liver in response to Human Growth Hormone (HGH) release. As we age we experience a relative HGH deficiency due to a lowered release from the pituitary resulting in a concomitant loss of IGF-1.
The main benefit of IGF-1 centres around muscle development and performance. IGF-1 transports glucose and amino acids into muscle while stimulating muscle DNA. This results in a muscular development in youth and muscle preservation in old age. For the athlete it means peak performance and quick recovery from intense training or injury.
In a report it was noted that the deer antler spray can cause players to test positive for the banned steroid methyltestosterone, though it is not listed as an ingredient. A warning has now been sent to players requesting them not to use the deer antler spray in reaction to testing from the drugs industry.
Players had been freely using the deer antler spray to enhance their performance without repercussions as it was seen as a nutritional supplement but on Wednesday night, the 1989 Open Champion Calcavecchia informed S.W.A.T.S. founder Mitch Ross that the PGA had contacted him to say that the deer antler spray is officially illegal. Initial warnings were issued in reaction to reports from the drug-testing industry in relation to the Major League Baseball players who had tested positive for methyl testosterone.
MLB requested players not use the Deer antler spray because it contained “potentially contaminated nutritional supplements” and had been added to the league’s cautionary list of products. In fact, linebacker David Vobora tested positive to this substance and was suspended, later winning a $5.4 million judgement against the supplement company. Oh deer!