With the recent news an AFL club and other players may have allegedly provided players with potentially illegal performance-enhancing substances, there’s clearly a need for caution to be exercised when dealing with supplements.
Everyone likes the idea of a bit of extra help when you’re slaving away at the gym four or five times a week. But what should you know about taking supplements that aren’t available through reputable outlets?
Sports Medicine Australia, the peak organisation for professionals in sports medicine and science, urged those considering taking unknown supplements to think again.
The organisation’s spokesman and sports physician Dr Peter Larkins said with the prevalence of supplements at an all-time high, all those considering this path need to realise the dangers associated with dealing with products such as these before proceeding.
“There are a lot of people using supplements in the belief of enhancing their sporting performance,” Larkins said.
“Quite often they are unaware what the products may contain and are putting themselves at risk of ingesting banned substances such as anabolic substances and amphetamines.
“Sportspeople, whether at an elite or community level considering purchasing supplements of any kind should be aware that supplements should always be discussed in consultation with a suitable sports medicine practitioner or sports dietitian.
“This will ensure that what is purchased and used will not be detrimental to one’s health and not be a banned substance.”
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