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2007 -2009 Undergraduate Research in Nutrition and Food Science

The Effects of Supplementation and Exercise Habits in College Males

Ryan Barry
Ryan Barry

Abstract
Background:  In a world that immortalizes professional athletes and grants them unwarranted prestige and admiration there are the underlying elements that give these "gods" their power. Athletic supplementation is one of the fastest growing products in the global market.

Objective:  To determine the exercise habits of male athletes and to evaluate the reasons for choosing supplementation with ergogenic agents.

Subjects:  180 college males, ages 18-26 were surveyed at the University of Kentucky

Methods:  A survey was distributed to participants.  Questions were asked pertaining to their exercise frequency, short and long term goals, supplementation habits, and willingness to experiment with new and/or illegal supplements.

Results:   It was found throughout the study that the lower a person's BMI the more willing they were to experiment with steroids. Over 54% of the participants surveyed said they were willing to try steroids to achieve their fitness goals as well as 84% of that same group felt that legal supplementation would help them achieve their goals.

Conclusions:  Male college students are willing to try both legal and illegal supplements to enhance their athletic performance.  Everything revolves around knowledge, it is vital when it comes to supplements.

 
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