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Chad Johnson says he used Viagra for NFL games to get around the PED rules

Chad Johnson made an interesting reveal on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

The former Bengals Pro Bowl receiver said he would use pre-game Viagra as a way to improve his performance.

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When someone asked if he was joking, Johnson responded“No, it wasn’t a joke, I really took Viagra before the games, the increase in blood flow made me incredible [sic] explosive in and out of my routes. ”

There is some evidence (the safe for work) to support Johnson’s claim. There is a time when he uses a microphone and talks to a coach and says he has taken the pill.

The former NFL receiver has also spoken about this a few times on Twitter. He made the joke that he was using Viagra so that he would be “difficult to cover”.

Johnson also admitted on Twitter that he did this to bypass drug testing.

Former receiver Brandon Marshall said he had also heard from other players who were taking Viagra. But he also explained why he is hesitant to use it.

“But some guys will do anything to get a head start,” Marshall said in 2012. “I’ve heard some crazy stories. I’ve taken (guys of) men who are taking Viagra seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy things. So, you know, it’s kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these things, so you have to be careful. “

But now the real question is: does this really work?

Johnson is not alone in his thinking. Some men who trained started taking Viagra, or similar pills, as a pre-workout, claiming it made a difference. Men’s Health Magazine pointed out that there are a few studies to support this.

From Men’s Health Magazine:

There is a small amount of research to support these claims. Some studies have suggested that the use of sildenafil may benefit athletes who compete at a high altitude, such as cyclists or long-distance runners, by providing more oxygen to their muscles. In addition, a 2013 study in the journal of Clinical and Translational Science suggested that sildenafil could increase muscle protein synthesis and reduce muscle fatigue, and concluded that it may be “a potential pharmacological strategy to improve skeletal muscle function.”

The active ingredient in Viagra, Sildenafil, is intended to increase blood flow by opening the blood vessels. This allows the blood to flow freely to the penis and other surrounding muscles.

After Marshall’s comments, the NFL said that Viagra was not on the prohibited substances list. Around the same time, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigated whether Viagra was really helpful. In his findings WADA discovered that Sildenafil will not have a major impact for athletes.

“It is unlikely that Sildenafil will have beneficial effects on oxygen supply or exercise performance at altitudes <4000m for the vast majority of endurance trained men or women," the report said.

Still, it is interesting to know that NFL athletes were willing to take on the potential side effects of taking Viagra to gain a potential edge.

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