A common misconception about supplements is that they are a replacement for food or even superior to food. This is not true. Supplements are not a shortcut to good nutrition. If you’re eating well and getting the balance of nutrients and energy you need, it’s likely that using supplements is unnecessary.
As an athlete, if you are considering taking supplements you need to be aware that there are risks associated with supplement use:
Athletes must ensure that they fully understand the risks associated with supplement use and how to minimize these risks:
If you are an athlete and consider using a supplement, complete these steps first:
If after completing the above steps you do decide to use a supplement:
The above is only a brief summary intended for your awareness. For a deeper understanding of the risks of supplements use and how (and to which extent) you can manage this risk, please take one of the following courses: