During sentencing, Lamz said he suspected — “due to your huge muscular appearance” — that Chighizola likely was on steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. He ordered the coach regularly tested for substance abuse.
Chighizola tested positive for trenbolone metabolite, which is used by veterinarians on livestock to increase muscle growth and appetite, the records show. He also tested positive for stanozolol metabolite, which is often used along with other anabolic steroids and is known for increasing strength while not leading to excess weight gain.
The results were conducted by a California company, Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, and measured the balance between Chighizola’s testosterone and epitestosterone. If the ratio of testosterone in a person’s system is greater than six times the amount of epitestosterone, then it generally means that there are steroids in the person’s system.
In Chighizola’s case, that ratio equaled 86, the records show.