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TEAM PHYSICIAN’S CORNER

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
AND THE ATHLETE: FOCUS
ON CREATINE

RICK WILKERSON, DO ATHLETES ARE BIGGER, STRONGER, AND
Team Physician, Buena Vista University FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE, which puts considerable
Northwest Iowa Bone, Joint & Sports Surgeons, PC
Spencer, Iowa pressure on the young athlete to maximize their strength, speed, and agility.
This pressure has led to the development of pharmaceuticals and

nutritional supplements purportedly assisting young athletes in reaching
their maximal potential. Manufacturers marketing creatine as a “safe and
legal alternative to steroids” have reportedly had sales exceeding $100
million last year, with estimated sales topping $200 million this year.

The sports medicine specialist is often called upon to advise on the
safety and efficacy of these widely used substances, which is difficult, as
there is limited data and nearly all of the research examining it has been
focused on whether creatine has a positive effect on performance rather
than its long-term effects.

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