IOC consensus statement supplements

Indirect performance enhancers Some supplements improve a crucial element that is not necessarily directly linked to performance, but by improving that specific element, the supplement will improve your overall performance in the long run. Some examples to get the idea: Supplements that enhance recovery: Athletes that recover faster, can get more training units in. Supplements that can manipulate body composition: Athletes usually aim for low fat mass and high fat free mass. Some supplements can aid you to achieve this goal. Supplements that boost your immune system: Athletes that don’t get sick will be able to follow their training schedule […]

IOC consensus statement supplements

Ergogenic aids Some generic truths about supplements The fact that a supplement was scientifically proven to enhance performance doesn’t necessarily mean it will improve your performance. Every supplement works under certain conditions. If those conditions do not apply to you, you are wasting your money. You should always experiment with a new supplement in a training session before taking it in crunch time. If you can, try to simulate a competitive situation during that session. Only if you don’t experience any adverse effects you can consider taking this supplement in a competition. Pay attention to the origin and brand of […]

IOC consensus statement supplements

For practical use Why are supplements for practical use so popular? Sometimes it is impractical to reach nutrition goals with “normal” food. It’s much easier to add some water to powder than cooking a meal. Besides being the easy solution it solves a lot of practical issues athletes might have. Between two blocks of trainings, it can be easier to digest an energy bar than a bowl of pasta especially when they are scheduled one after another. For bigger athletes that burn a lot of energy in one day, it can be difficult to reach their nutrient targets by eating […]

IOC consensus statement supplements

Prevention of nutrition deficiencies Do you have a deficiency? When we speak about nutritional deficiencies we mainly speak about a shortage of one or more minerals and vitamins (micronutrients). A simple blood test can usually tell you whether or not you are missing out on something. A regular blood test analyzes only the most common micronutrient deficiencies and only when there is a suspected shortage of something else a specific test is done. Other ways to evaluate if you’re at risk for any deficiencies are: Medical history – Do you have any symptoms that might indicate a deficiency? Nutrition history […]