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Title: The use of ergogenic aids in Singapore varsity teams
Authors: Yong, Hazel En Li
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::General
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: Background: Athletes have a competitive nature. In stiff competitions where small factors can hugely impact final outcome, athletes may turn to products to gain a competitive advantage. Therefore, Salter, Tan and Teh (2003) and Garthe and Manghan (2018) reported that it is no surprise that athletes have higher supplement usage compared to general population in hopes of finding a direct ergogenic effect to enhance performance. This research aims to study the prevalence of ergogenic aids used by athletes in Singapore varsity sports teams. Methodology: Using an anonymous questionnaire, data was collected from 25 athletes including demographic parameters, types of ergogenic aids, frequency of use, side effects experienced, sources of knowledge and expenses. Results: 84% respondents indicated use of at least 1 ergogenic aid. Respondents consumed 4 different ergogenic aids in total, with each athlete consuming an average of 1.28 ± 0.79 products. Commonly consumed ergogenic aids observed included sports drinks (76% respondents) and caffeine (44% respondents). There is relatively high prevalence of ergogenic aids use despite 68% respondents being unclear or indicated poor awareness of potential side effects from consuming ergogenic aids. Conclusion: Analysis of studied population showed high prevalence of ergogenic aid use although many respondents lacked awareness and accurate product information. This highlights the need to educate athletes and significant others via providing consultation with sports medicine professions specialising in dietary supplements or easy access to unbiased scientifically proven information before initiating a supplementation regime.
Schools: National Institute of Education 
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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