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Ergogenic aids and the female athlete

Ergogenic aids and the female athlete

Jordan, Shannon L. and Naclerio, Fernando ORCID: 0000-0001-7405-4894 (2013) Ergogenic aids and the female athlete. In: Robert-McComb, Jacaclyn J., Norman, Reid L. and Zumwalt, Mimi, (eds.) The Active Female: Health Issues Throughout the Lifespan. Springer New York, New York, pp. 491-515. ISBN 978-1-4614-8883-5 (doi:

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Female athletes tend to choose their supplements for different reasons than their male counterparts. Collegiate female athletes report taking supplements “for their health,” to make up for an inadequate diet, or to have more energy. Multivitamins, herbal substances, protein supplements, amino acids, creatine, fat burners/weight-loss products, caffeine, iron, and calcium are the most frequently used products reported by female athletes. Many female athletes are unclear on when to use a protein supplement, how to use it, and different sources of protein (whey, casein, and soy). This chapter addresses essential amino acid and branched chain amino acid supplementation. Along with recommendations for protein supplementation, creatine supplementation is discussed. Not all female athletes are concerned with building muscle. Burning fat is also a major concern for the female athlete. This may result in the athlete turning to products marketed for weight control (i.e., ginseng or ephedra). A product legal for over-the-counter (OTC) sales, however, can be illegal for athletic competition (i.e., ephedra). Competitive athletes should be aware of the banned substance list for their governing body and that OTC products are not currently regulated by the FDA. This lack of regulation can lead to OTC products that are contaminated with banned substances.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anabolic steroids; BCAA; Creatine; Echinacea; Ephedra; Ginseng; Protein; Supplement
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 04:46

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