LinkCreatine PrimerTeen UseHigh school athletes who use creatine think that it helps them train longer, recover quicker and increase strength. In Oregon, no surveys have been done to determine how many high school athletes use creatine. Creatine use among male prep athletes has been pegged from as much as 10 percent in Iowa to 17 percent in Wisconsin.They think this because it does help them train longer, recover quicker and increase strength. These are not fallacious claims.LegalitiesIt's a legal over-the-counter dietary supplement, widely available in stores and on the Internet.Because it has been proven to be safe and effectiveSide EffectsCreatine can cause stomach cramps, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, especially when taken immediately before intense exercise in hot weather.False. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims. These are anecdotal reports that have been thoroughly tested, and rebutted. Check out any of the references I have listed above, or if anybody would like me to I can attach them to a post.Medical ConcernsTeen athletes who lack supervision may exceed the recommended doses, which can overload their kidneys.True. But the same could be said for multi-vitamins, aspirin, paracetemol, tylenol and any number of useful products. Of coure exceeding recommended dosages can cause harm! Screw it, I betting if you eat enough apples that will have some negative side effects too!Long-term effects of creatine use are unknown.Not true.Like all dietary supplements, creatine isn't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, meaning consumers can't be sure about the purity and quality of products they buy.This is true. That is why it is important for athletes to source their product from a reliable brand such as optimum nutrition or champion nutrition who have had their processing plants and processes approved by the FDA.Bottom LineMany doctors and sports governing officials advise young athletes not to use creatine.Many doctors are very poorly informed. Realistically we cannot expect our doctors to stay up date on every piece of research to come out on sports supplements, nutrition, pharmacuticals etc. It is impossible.Again, I do agree that young athletes should not take creatine but the reasons listed for this in these articles are fallacious. And it is a safe and effective supplement for adults.
Because it has been proven to be safe and effective
Eamonn,I would never advise minors to use creatine because I think it sets the wrong mindset- a dependence on pills, powders, and special concoctions instead of hard, smart training with lots of sleep and a good diet. I agree with you. I would not recommend creatine to minors either but like I said and as you have stated here, this is for sociological reasons not safety reasons. So while agree with the original article that this supplement should not be for kids, I disagree with the way they present the information regarding safety. It is misleading and largely untrue.Similarly, I would only recommend a creatine supplement to an adult as just that: a "supplement". It should only be used as a supplementary aid to smart training, good recovery and good nutrition. While creatine does work, it is no miracle worker.I disagree with this statement you made. Creatine is not legal and over the counter because it is proven safe, whether it is safe or not. You are right. the two facts are not causative. But the fact remains that the supplement is safe and effective.#2) I wouldn't trust ANY supplement company to maintain the purity of any substance they sell. They are unregulated and are out to make a buck or two, not perform a noble service to athletes. The statistics show that a very high percentage of supplements are contaminated with ingredients not listed on the label.I dont really think there are definitive reliable statistics on this. I do agree that some companies could be unscrupulous in their actions but I dont think this is as big an issue as you are making out. The single research study that is present in the thread you referenced did not test a wide array of supplements. They only tested "pro-hormone" supplements, which I would never recommend to anyone. In fact, I wouldnt even purchase a creatine or whey protein product from a company who produces pro-hormones. So that should eliminate the "cross contamination" issue you raised. In my opinion, sports simply are not about who takes the best powders, pills, and concoctions. I believe it is the wrong mindset for the spirit of sport and for achieving peak performance in the long run.I agree with you. But we are not taking about steroids here, we are talking about nutritional supplements. I would be interested on what your opinion on endurance runners drinking glucose containing drinks prior to or during competition? Or weightlifters drinking a strong cup of coffee prior to competition?Just my two cents. Here is a link to information about tainted supplements: http://weightliftingexchange.com/smf/index.php?topic=2436.0
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