Dietary Supplementation Practices of Singaporean Athletes

in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
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The supplementation practices of elite athletes in Singapore were studied using an anonymous questionnaire. Information was sought on not only the type of supplements used but also dosage, rationale for use, and other factors that might influence supplement use including selected demographic parameters and sources of information relating to supplements. Data was collected from 160 athletes across a spectrum of 30 sports. Use of supplements was widespread, with 77% of respondents acknowledging use of at least 1 product. Respondents ingested a total of 59 different supplements, with each athlete using on average 3.6 ± 0.3 different products. Sports drinks, caffeine, vitamin C, multivitamin/mineral supplements, and essence of chicken were some of the most commonly ingested products, confirming that while vitamin/mineral supplements are popular, sports supplements and traditional/herbal preparations were also well accepted. Respondents preferred to source information pertaining to supplements from “significant others” and other readily accessible sources. A small number of respondents acknowledged the use of International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned or restricted substances, highlighting the need for athletes to consult sports medicine professionals with specialist knowledge of dietary supplements in advance of initiating any supplementation regime.

G. Slater is with the Department of Physiology in the Sports Science Sports Medicine Centre at the Australian Institute of Sport, Belconnen ACT, Australia 2616. B. Tan and K.C. Teh are with the Sports Medicine and Research Centre, Singapore Sports Council, 15 Stadium Road, National Stadium, Singapore 397718.

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