NFL, players union continue HGH talks

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BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer

The NFL and players union are meeting Wednesday in an attempt to reach agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season.

The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 requires the league gain union approval before testing players for HGH. The union says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process. The union also has reservations about the way discipline will be handed out, and wants to collectively bargain that issue.

Supplemental HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived - such as increasing speed and improving vision.

Among the health problems connected to HGH are diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.

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