Vagner Rocha is 40 years old, but he continues to train and compete at the highest level of professional grappling.
For instance, his latest appearance at a major tournament was at ADCC 2022 – where he won the bronze medal in the 88kg division.
And, according to him, Rocha has recently started using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT); in accordance to doctor’s suggestions.
He decided to share his story of TRT use via social media:
I am about to turn 41 years old and I have been competing at the top of grappling for over a decade. I have no shame to say I am on TRT replacement for my body in accordance to a doctor.
I enjoy training hard and competing with the best level possible in the sport.
However, at the same time, Rocha also has children.
And he’s been very clear on TRT use with them, because of the serious side-effects that using PEDs can have for youth:
I have also always been very clear with my son and daughter about my use of testosterone replacement. I have also explained why I use this for me and why they should not use this at their age.
I see a lot of young athletes, talking about being clean or natty. I applaud you 20-30 year-olds that are 100% clean.
There is a serious repercussion about using steroids or other drugs at such a young age.
I recommend younger athletes to not use PEDs and I recommend all my friends above 35 to get blood work done to check your levels so they can live a healthier life.
Also, if you are younger than 35 and want to get informed about your levels, find a well respected doctor in your area & do your homework.
Rocha finishes with a simple question… And a simple answer:
Many athletes are on PEDs but how many own up to it and how many really need it?
A lot of people have the misconception that if you take PEDs you automatically will become good in Jiu-Jitsu. But there are a lot of people out there who take PEDs and aren’t world champions.
PEDs don’t magically make you good at Jiu-Jitsu, they only work if you do.
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