Supplement Use in High School Athletes
High school athletic programs, especially football, are bigger than ever and athletes are looking to gain any potential edge to win a state championship or earn a college scholarship. Research from the Taylor Hooton Foundation indicates 35% of middle school and high school athletes are using protein supplements. What’s more alarming is that 5.9% of male high school athletes and 4.6% of female high school athletes are using anabolic steroids to gain a competitive edge. Furthermore, popular over-the-counter supplements like pre-workout boosters (i.e Cellucor C4, NO-XPLODE, etc) which contain high doses of caffeine and stimulants that are banned by the NFL, fill the locker rooms of many high school programs.
In 2007, the LHSAA conducted a study on 25,000 high school athletes in Louisiana on dietary supplements. The primary reasons athletes turned to supplements were to gain mass and weight, get stronger, reduce body fat, and have more energy. Without examining their current dietary habits, they felt a supplement was the answer to their performance issues. What should concern you isn’t why athletes take supplements, but the source of their information on supplements. The research indicated the most influential people who recommend supplements are the coach, teammate, or a friend.
Without understanding why, the primary reason high school athletes are turning to supplements is they are under-fueled to meet the amount of energy and calories they burn. A few changes to their current eating habits would lead to muscle growth, fat loss, improved strength, and faster recovery.
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- Animal walks
- Squat series and walking Lunges
- Lying press outs with leg crossed over
- Crab squats keep opposite leg parallel
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20 KB Swing
20 Dead Bugs
4 Feet On Wall Inch Worm Walking
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Bench Press (Explosive/Control)
3 sets Max Stage Hyper Extensions (plated)