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A Survey of Sport Nutrition Supplements in High School Football Players

SWIRZINSKI LORI; LATIN, RICHARD W.; BERG, KRIS; GRANDJEAN, ANN
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: November 2000
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to survey high school football players to determine their use of sport nutrition supplements and their reasons and influences for using them. A total of 173 high school football players from the ZZZ district volunteered to participate in the study. The subjects answered 20 questions regarding their practices, reasons, and influences of sport nutrition supplements. Creatine was the most commonly used supplement (n = 48). The reasons subjects used supplements were to increase weight or build muscle, stay healthy, and feel good. The subjects' use was very much influenced by a nearby nationally successful Division 1 football program, teammates, and friends. Two-way χ2 analyses were used to determine any significant relationships between supplement users and grade level, team position, and future aspirations to play college or professional football. The analyses revealed a nonsignificant relationship among these variables.

The purpose of this study was to survey high school football players to determine their use of sport nutrition supplements and their reasons and influences for using them. A total of 173 high school football players from the ZZZ district volunteered to participate in the study. The subjects answered 20 questions regarding their practices, reasons, and influences of sport nutrition supplements. Creatine was the most commonly used supplement (n = 48). The reasons subjects used supplements were to increase weight or build muscle, stay healthy, and feel good. The subjects' use was very much influenced by a nearby nationally successful Division 1 football program, teammates, and friends. Two-way χ2 analyses were used to determine any significant relationships between supplement users and grade level, team position, and future aspirations to play college or professional football. The analyses revealed a nonsignificant relationship among these variables.

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