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Performance-enhancing drugs and your teen athlete Is your teenager involved in athletics? If so, you need to know about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs and supplements. Are you the parent of a student athlete? If you are, your life is probably as hectic as your child's. But in your daily rounds of carpools, practices and games, have you taken the time to talk to your child about the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs? Pros and Olympic athletes aren't the only ones lured by the promise of a shortcut to increased strength and stamina. Kids in high school and middle school are using these products, too. And your child could be among them. What are performance-enhancing drugs and supplements? Performance-enhancing drugs and supplements are used to boost athletic performance, ward off fatigue and enhance physical appearance. They're also taken to increase muscle mass and strength. But they can cause serious harm. Here's a look at some of the substances your son or daughter might be using. Creatine Creatine is an over-the-counter supplement best known for improving performance to a small degree in sports involving short bursts of high-intensity activity, such as power lifting, wrestling and sprinting. Side effects include stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and muscle cramps. High doses of creatine may be associated with kidney, liver or heart problems. The effects of creatine on children and teens haven't been well studied. Studies involving adults have revealed no significant risks, but these results may not carry over to real-life situations. Most athletes who use creatine take 20 to 30 grams a day, but the studies reported to date used only the manufacturer's recommended dosages of 5 grams a day. A recent survey indicated that more than 5 percent of middle school and high school students had used creatine. Some researchers see creatine as a steppingstone to more dangerous performance-enhancing substances, such as
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course COUN 494 taught by Professor Peggyrapp during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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