Blue Cross Releases Sports Supplement Use Survey
CHICAGO--More than 1.1 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 have taken potentially dangerous performance-enhancing dietary supplements and/or drugs, according to a survey conducted for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). Among the parents surveyed, 39 percent rated the use of such substances as their top concern in youth sports--far more than aggressive behavior (16 percent), competitiveness (15 percent) or injury (10 percent). However, 81 percent of adolescents had never talked with their parents about performance-enhancing substances and 69 percent had received no information about the products from sports teams.
Among the products addressed were steroids, growth hormones, androstenedione, creatine and ephedra. Adolescents who knew someone using performance-enhancing substances reported creatine (38 percent) and steroids (34 percent) were the most common products used; ephedra was reported to be used by 7 percent of adolescents.