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The Growing Trend of Ergogenic Drugs and Supplements

Tekin, Kelly Ann B.S.; Kravitz, Len Ph.D.

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: March-April 2004 - Volume 8 - Issue 2 - p 15-18

Learning Objective To understand the issues and responsibilities surrounding ergogenic drugs and supplements to be able to effectively guide clients.

Although many debates and ethical issues exist about the use of performance-enhancing drugs by recreational exercisers, personal trainers and fitness professionals are encouraged to use research and education as their means for an effective line of communication to best guide their students.

Kelly Ann Tekin is a graduate student at the University of New Mexico in Health Education. She is a national-caliber bodybuilder and a personal trainer at World Gym. Her research interests include the use of performance enhancing substances among athletes and anaerobic power testing in athletes.

Len Kravitz, Ph.D., has a doctorate in health promotion and exercise science. He is an associate professor and researcher at the University of University of New Mexico where he serves as the coordinator of exercise science. His research interests are in energy metabolism, resistance exercise, and exercise modality comparison.

© 2004 American College of Sports Medicine