Inadvertent doping through supplement use by athletes: assessment and management of the risk in Australia

Baylis, A., Cameron-Smith, David and Burke, L. 2001, Inadvertent doping through supplement use by athletes: assessment and management of the risk in Australia, International journal of sport nutrition, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 365-383.

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Title Inadvertent doping through supplement use by athletes: assessment and management of the risk in Australia
Author(s) Baylis, A.
Cameron-Smith, David
Burke, L.
Journal name International journal of sport nutrition
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 365
End page 383
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1050-1606
Keyword(s) ergogernic aids
doping
supplements
elite athletes
Summary Many athletes report using a wide range of special sports foods and supplements. In the present study of 77 elite Australian swimmers, 99% of those surveyed reported the use of these special preparations, with 94% of swimmers reporting the use of non-food supplements. The most popular dietary supplements were vitamin or mineral supplements (used by 94% of the group), herbal preparations (61%), and creatine (31%). Eighty-seven percent of swimmers reported using a sports drink or other energy-providing sports food. In total, 207 different products were reported in this survey. Sports supplements, particularly supplements presented as pills or other non-food form, are poorly regulated in most countries, with little assurance of quality control. The risk of an inadvertent "positive doping test" through the use of sports supplements or sports foods is a small but real problem facing athletes who compete in events governed by anti-doping rules. The elite swimmers in this survey reported that information about the "doping safety" of supplements was important and should be funded by supplement manufacturers. Although it is challenging to provide such information, we suggest a model to provide an accredited testing program suitable for the Australian situation, with targeted athlete education about the "sports safety" of sports supplements and foods.

Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Human Kinetics Publishers
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001426

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