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Ethics of Supplement Prescription

Waller Mike MA CSCS *D; NSCA-CPT *D; Hagerman, Patrick S. EdD, CSCS, *D; NSCA-CPT, *D
Strength & Conditioning Journal: February 2005
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This article provides personal trainers with information to form a position on whether it is ethical for them to prescribe, sell, or recommend supplements to their clientele. Governmental regulations, association standards, and legal occurrences are included to provide an overall view of the relationship between supplements and the profession of personal training. Although the target audience is the personal trainer, this article also can be applied to other branches of the strength and conditioning profession.

Mike Waller is the fitness director at Highland Park Hospital Health and Fitness Center. He is a USAW Club Coach and NSCA Illinois State Director.

Patrick Hagerman is a clinical assistant professor of exercise and sport science at the University of Tulsa. He is a USAW Club Coach, and sits on the NSCA Board of Directors.

© 2005 National Strength and Conditioning Association