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SPORTS MEDICINE As an athlete I am always looking for an edge over the competition With the advancements made in sports medicine there are many options to get that edge Protein supplements creatine androstenedione anabolic steroids many athletes including myself turn to one or more of these products for that edge If an athlete is using these products is it really the athlete performing or is it the supplement Through this paper I will research the effects positive and negative of using these products as well as determining whether or not each product should be allowed in organized competition PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS Protein supplements are used by most athletes in the professional and collegiate level of sports and by many athletes in the high school level I take protein myself Protein works by supplying more of the materials needed by your body to build and rebuild muscle By increasing the amount of protein intake you can decrease recovery time after a work-out Protein also improves the results of recovery It can make the muscles rebuild bigger and stronger than lifting alone J Kawate 2002 Research has shown that protein supplements have little or no negative side effects Protein is naturally found in many foods therefore supplements dont affect the body any different than natural protein It is possible to get the same affects by increasing the amount of protein rich foods in your diet J Kawate 2002 Babe Ruth even experimented with this idea by eating excessive amounts of beef before and after games and practices Many professional athletes use proteins often The increased strength allows them to perform at higher levels Home-run giants like Jason Giambi Sammy Sosa Mike Piazza Carlos Delgado Mark McGuire and Barry Bonds are just a few users Sports Illustrated 2002 Personally I think protein supplements should remain allowable in sports My main reason is that a supplement is not necessary to get
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