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​A Note on Performance Supplements

​​​​​​Quoted from the WIAA Medical Policies and Procedures Manual.

In response to the recent focus on the use of food supplements, specifically creatine, the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee has issued a position statement on the use of drugs, medicine and food supplements in interscholastic sports. The text of the committee's statement follows.

"School personnel and coaches should not dispense any drug, medication or food supplement except with extreme caution and in accordance with policies developed in consultation with parents, health care professionals, and senior administrative personnel of the school or school district."

"Use of any drug, medication or food supplement in a way not prescribed by the manufacturer should not be authorized or encouraged by school personnel or coaches. Even natural substances in unnatural amounts may have short-term or long-term negative health effects."

"In order to minimize health and safety risks to student athletes, maintain ethical standards and reduce liability risks, school personnel and coaches should never supply, recommend or permit the use of any drug, medication or food supplement solely for performance-enhancing purposes."

Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine and the WIAA do not promote, support or encourage the use of any dietary or performance supplements by student athletes.

Parents and student athletes should be extremely cautious about using these substances and consult their personal physicians or other qualified experts before using these products.

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