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Dietary Supplements

Dietary Supplements and the Athlete
Dietary supplements come in all shapes and sizes, but it is important to be cautious when choosing to start using. Most dietary supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and therefore can contain possible harmful substances that can cause an athlete to test positive on a drug test. The NCAA does not approve any dietary supplements; therefore it is necessary that athletes consult with a Sports Nutritionist before choosing to use a dietary supplement.

Examples of NCAA banned substances include stimulants, anabolic agents, alcohol and beta-blockers, diuretics, anti-estrogens, and peptide hormones.

Penn State provides Gatorade products to student athletes through the athlete fueling stations. Gatorade products are considered "foods," and are therefore regulated by the government and will not cause an athlete to test positive in a drug test.

The Sports Nutritionists at Penn State advocate that athletes receive all of their required vitamins and minerals through food, first. However, sometimes this just isn't possible. If you are interested in supplementing your diet with a multivitamin or mineral supplement, please book a consultation with the Sports Nutritionist.


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