Beliefs and Information Sources of High School Athletes Regarding Muscle Development

in Pediatric Exercise Science
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This study examined the beliefs and sources of information regarding muscle development among 742 high school athletes in one rural county. About 40% of the athletes stated that muscle development was very important and 50% said it was somewhat important. Most of them recognized the dangers of steroids but still thought these were important in muscle development. A majority also thought nutritional and genetic factors were important. Physicians were seen as providing the most accurate information about muscle development, followed by coaches and trainers. Understanding the athletes’ beliefs and information sources about muscle development may be useful in dispelling misconceptions and providing education on the topic.

Leonard Marquart is with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, Main Street, Mexico, NY 13114. Jeffery Sobal is with the Dept. of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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