. of the NCAA players who take it do understand that the long-term effects have not been determined. They know that some players have had bad experiences. They are certainly aware that Creatine decreases fatique and can build muscle mass. However, they do not know what they are getting in each bottle.The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) found many bottles of Creatine with different ingredient levels. Doctor Kuehl, Director Human Performance at OHSU Department of Medicine, says that calcium and calorie levels were sometimes different then what the bottle read. What does this do to the athlete? Dr.
Kuehl says they have not yet found what kind of impact this could have on athletes. We dont know if or how this will 5 impact athletic performance.It is not a good thing when you think you are taking more then what you really are, or vice versa, said Dr. Kuehl. Initially, the FDA did not test Creatine because it qualified as a food supplement.
The reason why the FDA tested Creatine was because they were concerned. They had received enough case reports to do so, Dr.Kuehl added. So, what is the NCAA doing during all this? The NCAA has certain set regulations to protect the safety of the players and the institution. When Creatine became popular in the NCAA many teams were distributing it to their players. The NCAA makes a point of backing their position of maintaining high standards of personal honor, eligibility, and fair play. As expected, Creatine was not on the banned drug list.Recently, the NCAA held a committee meeting about the distribution of Creatine.
The committee recommends that the provision of weight-gain and muscle/strength building supplement products to student-athletes by member institutions and their personnel be nonpermissible at all times. This means that no team may use NCAA funds, school funds (including team funds) or personal funds to distribute Creatine or any other supplements that enhance performance. According to a letter distributed by the Committee Chair of the NCAA, William Arnet, schools should be encouraging access to competent nutritional advice. The NCAA expects trainers, coaches, and athletic director to educate players about Creatine.One doctor from the Doctors Clinic in Salem takes it upon himself to educate patients about Creatine. Dr. David Edmonds, an expert in family practice, believes all 6 patients should know the risks of Creatine.
It is important that baseball players and all athletes know the truths, said Dr. Edmonds.I think many coaches tell players what they want to hear, he added. In the thirteen years that Dr.
Edmonds has been practicing at the Doctors Clinic he hardly heard any complaints about Creatine. Still, every time a patient inquires about Creatine Edmonds states the facts. Yes, Creatine can enhance athletic capability.
Yes, Creatine can be dangerous. New York Yankee star, Scott Brosius, chooses not to take Creatine because he does not want to take a risk. Brosius, a third baseman for the World Series champions, recently received big honors for his talent in the big leagues. In 1998, Brosius lead the Yankees to a four-game sweep against the Padres to win his first championship. Brosius was named M.V.P.
of the World Series in 1998, and was honored with the Golden Glove Award for his excellent fielding in the 1999 World Series championship. Brosius attended Linfield Collge located in Mcminnville, Oregon. While at Linfield, he excelled on the field and kept the same attitude as he does for the Yankees. The problem is that many players say if a little is good, than a lot of must be better. That is where the problem occurs, said Brosius.
Brosius does feel Creatine can be used safely, but according to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database that could be an overstatement. They define Creatine as, possibly safe, and somewhat effective. Brosius feels that Creatine runs a serious risk to the players body since it makes their bodys grow faster than nature intends it.
Sometimes, the muscles can develop so strong that they cause injuries to the body. I have heard cases where players experienced a higher increase of muscle pulls and strains while on Creatine, said Brosius.7 Brosius believes that Creatine should be ban at the collegiate level because it is very hard to supervise ball players. George Fox coach, Pat Bailey, states, I honestly have no idea how many of my players are currently using Creatine. Earlier a George Fox pitcher quoted that nearly half of the team was taking Creatine at one point during the season. If the players are to receive the kind of supervision they need, it obviously needs to come from a coach or a trainer.
Brosius mentioned that a majority of NCAA coaches in Oregon, are not properly educated about Creatine. They are familiar with its purpose and some adverse effects, but that is the extent of it.Should the NCAA be responsible for coaches that are uneducated about Creatine? In the 1999-00 NCAA Manual, the committee recommends that coaches should educate or advise athletes about Creatine, however, the NCAA does not consider educating coaches important enough to make it a permissible expense.
Considering how little coaches and players know, it probably should be. Brosius has good reasons why he chooses not to use Creatine. He is concerned about his future health. I personally dont use it because I do not want to assume the risks of injury. I will not sell my post baseball life out for something I do not feel I need, Brosius added.Collegiate baseball players in Oregon know they do not need Creatine.
However, they are fascinated with its capabilities. They see McGwire hit 70 homeruns and they think, what could Creatine do to my game? If Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire can suddenly slam in 136 homeruns in one season, then it must work. Most NCAA coaches in Oregon are concerned about players taking Creatine. Coaches at Linfield, George 8 Fox, Willamette and Oregon State do permit Creatine use, but do not recommend it.Hill, second baseman for Linfield, says that coach Carnahan had told him in the beginning that there is no telling what could happen with Creatine long term.
He also told Hill that it is a personal choice and it was up to him to roll the dice. It is a lot like gambling, said Dr. Edmonds. It is a game of craps, and most NCAA coaches in Oregon are not thrilled with the odds.
Players should train hard in the off season and maintain their ability without using Creatine, said Carnahan. Even though Willamette coach, David Wong was unaware of any Bearcat players taking Creatine, he feels if it ends up the NCAA finds something wrong with Creatine they should make every effort to stop the distribution and intake of it. George Fox coach Pat Bailey had a similarly agrees. If proven potentially harmful, the NCAA should ban Creatine. In the future Creatine may or may not join the ban drug list depending on future test results.The NCAA committee, coaches, and players have agreed that Creatine can be potentially harmful.
Proving it has been quite a different story. The NCAA committee heads need more than just case studies and theories to prove that Creatine is potentially harmful. They need a strong long-term study that shows what exactly Creatine is doing to players and how the result could harm them.
Dr.Kuehl and many other sports medicine experts at OSHU continue to work hard at finding the answer to the long-term effects of Creatine. Meanwhile players ask themselves. Is possibly safe good enough for me? Do I want to roll the dice? How long should I gamble against the circumstances? Will my billfold support the food supplement for as long as I am taking it? 9 All that NCAA baseball players and coaches in Oregon can do is wait. Wait to find out Creatine is a miracle drug.
Wait to find out it causes kidney failure.Who knows what they will be waiting on? At this point, hope is all NCAA players in Oregon can rely on. 10 Science.