Nutrition & Nutritional Supplements
June 9, 2010
The Long Beach State Athletic Department and Athletic Medicine staff is committed to the personal health and development of our student-athletes. In addition to the athletic related injuries we see, our staff and network of health care providers can be a resource on nutrition, nutritional supplements and eating disorders. Student-athletes are encouraged to contact an athletic training staff member with any questions or concerns.
NCAA's policy is that ignorance is no excuse and if an athlete tests positive during an NCAA sponsored drug test thus he/she will lose one year of eligibility regardless of the source of the banned substance.
NCAA Bylaw 16.5.2.g states "An institution may provide permissible nutritional supplements to a student-athlete for the purpose of providing additional calories and electrolytes. Permissible nutritional supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances and are identified according to the following classes: Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters, and vitamins and minerals." Other important factors regarding nutritional supplements include:
Athletes who are taking supplements or are considering taking supplements would be well advised to see an athletic trainer or call the NCAA REC hot line at 877-202-0769 or on-line at www.drugfreesport.com/REC (password= ncaa1) to find information on specific products. Athletes will never be advised that a non-regulated supplement is guaranteed to be safe and will not cause a positive result on a drug test.
General Health and Safety
Student-athletes are encouraged to contact an athletic training staff member with any questions or concerns regarding their health and or any of the issues listed above.