Dietary Supplements in Sports
Since they are highly unregulated, the St. Norbert College medical staff does not support the use of dietary supplements for our student-athletes. There have been cases of athletes world-wide who have tested positive and lost their eligibility due to supplementation. Any product containing a dietary supplement is taken at your own risk. In most cases, a well-rounded diet consisting of a variety of colors, textures, and flavors, meets the nutritional needs of the student-athlete.
Please check with St. Norbert's medical staff or use the resources below to check the following before taking any substance:
- Does your usual diet provide enough nutrition for your personal needs?
- Is the supplement banned by the NCAA (some products sold legally are banned by the NCAA)?
- Is there evidence of safety issue (reports issued by USDA for recalls or unsafe products)?
- Is there evidence of third-party verification for truth in labeling (verified by a third-party like U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), ConsumerLab.com, etc)?
- Is there evidence of efficacy?
- Resource Exchange Center (REC) Website
To log in, Organization is "NCAA Division III," and Password is "ncaa3." You are able to search a specific product or substance to find out if it is banned by the NCAA.
- SNC Medical Staff: Red Flags and Caution Steps for Dietary Supplementation
- Banned Drugs in the NCAA
- Brochure and Drug Search Information
- United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA): Supplement 411 (videos and educational materials regarding supplementation)
- National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Position Statement: Evaluation of Dietary Supplements for Performance Nutrition
This resource is from the "Journal of Athletic Training." See pages 134-136 of this publication for many resources.