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Dietary Supplements

The NCAA Sport Science Institute hopes to foster a healthy and productive experience for college athletes. In addition to performance-enhancing drugs, alcohol and other recreational drugs, dietary supplements can be dangerous to a student-athlete’s health and may contain NCAA banned drugs. Supplements are not required to be tested for purity, effectiveness or safety before going to market. Also, their labels may not accurately reflect what’s in the bottle. Many student-athletes have lost eligibility for using a supplement they thought was safe, only to test positive because the supplement was contaminated with a banned steroid or stimulant.

High levels of caffeine and other stimulants may undermine athletic performance and negatively impact health.  Many supplements, including energy products and vitamin packs, may contain multiple sources and high levels of caffeine. Before student-athletes take a dietary supplement, they should consult with the sports medicine staff on their campus. In the end, student-athletes are responsible for any substance they put in their bodies.

Understanding Dietary Supplements

This downloadable resource for student-athletes provides facts about dietary supplements and the risks associated with taking them, as well as information about the nutrients available to college athletes through eating a balanced diet.

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Drug Free Sport AXIS

Student-athletes, athletic trainers and team physicians may access this website, or call 816-474-8655, to ask about dietary supplements, look up medications, access athlete-centered recipes and review helpful resources on sports nutrition. To access the AXIS site, select your organization from the dropdown on the left and enter your organization's password.

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