2007 -2009 Undergraduate Research in Nutrition and Food Science
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.