At Sharks Development School, Swim School, Tri Club and even our Swim Shop, we are often asked if young athletes should be taking supplements to help improve their performance.
Now, none of us are doctors or health experts, but it isn’t rocket science to understand that sports supplements haven’t generally been tested on teens or children. However, studies in the US and the UK on adults show that the claims of many supplements are weak at best. In truth, most won't make you any stronger, and none will make you any faster or more skilful.
Finis have recently featured an article on this subject, entitled: “Attention Young Athletes: Is Supplementation Right for You? This article states that: “Considering young athletes do not generally require supplements to perform or maintain positive health, the risks often seem to outweigh the rewards. In a large, 10-year study, researchers looked at data from 63 hospitals. They found that on average, 23,0000 emergency room (ER) visits annually were due to the adverse effects of supplements.” Read more here.
Advertising Sports Supplements
Unfortunately, adverts for sports supplements often use persuasive before and after pictures that make it look easy to get a muscular, toned body. But the goal of supplement advertisers is to make money by selling more supplements, and many claims may be misleading.
Teens and kids may seem like an easy sell on supplements because they may feel dissatisfied or uncomfortable with their still-developing bodies, and many supplement companies try to convince teens that supplements are an easy solution.
Our advice it that you shouldn’t waste your money on expensive and dangerous supplements. Instead, try these tips for improving your physique and performance.
Dealing with Athletic Pressure and Competition
Sharks Development & TriSharks Clubs
The coaches in our Sharks Development and TriSharks Triathlon Clubs, work closely with our young people to help them to get the most out of their training session with a view to improving technique and performance.
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