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removed from shelves in Australia and some
other countries last year after being found to
contain an amphetamine-like substance.
Jack3d was also removed last year after the
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
banned the sale, supply and use of chemical
DMAA, a stimulant that had been linked to side
effects including high blood pressure, headaches,
vomiting, stroke and death. Jack3d was not the
only supplement to contain DMAA.
One doctor, who doesn’t want to be named,
says she is extremely concerned about the use
of sports supplements by her 17-year-old son
and his mates, who finished Year 12 at a Perth
boys’ school last year. “It is rife,” she says. “They
want to bulk up and look good. They rock up
to school with their protein shake after their
morning gym session. Originally it was the idea
of getting stronger to perform better at sport.
But then the goal posts changed and it became
more about physique and how they look.
“It concerns me how many are laced with
banned substances. These boys, and often their
parents, are naive. They can be unwittingly
ingesting banned and dangerous substances and
the long-term health effects are concerning. How
do you know your kids are having a legitimate,
clean protein supplement?”
In response to this kind of concern and also
in an effort to improve accessibility to effective
sports supplements, 25-year-old surf lifesaving
athlete Dave Beckett has just launched his own
sports supplements business, Coast Nutrition.
“There are some issues with many of the
imported supplements available online,” says
Dave. “But the world of sports supplements
also offers many safe health benefits.”
Dave has been supplementing his diet with
various products since 2005 to help him get the
most out of his training. “Differentiation is an
issue in the industry,” he says. “Everyone is trying
to add their own twist to their products to make
them ‘better’. In the end you don’t know what else
has been put in there or where it could have been
manufactured. I ended up using different brands
for different products and found I was spending
a lot of time satisfying myself what I was having
was safe. My friends would ask me for advice
because they knew I had done a lot of research.
“So I thought, wouldn’t it be great to
put together a range with products that are
straightforward and effective, with no hidden
ingredients, and help people understand the
applications – quality products that only contain
what people need. Our twist is there is no twist.”
Coast Nutrition sells a handful of products
primarily protein and carbohydrate blends
to promote energy and recovery. It also offers
creatine for boosting muscle power and recovery,
and amino acids L-Glutamine to promote cell
growth and Beta-Alanine to enhance endurance.
It does not offer stimulants.
“Not everyone is an elite athlete or
a contender for the top team,” says
Dave. “But everyone demands so
much from their bodies, balancing their
busy lifestyles and work commitments –
the supplements Coast Nutrition offers
take some of that load off.”
Dave’s “effective, quality supplements”
are aimed at performance rather than image,
but he says the two are inextricably linked.
He says he’s not targeting shredders – those
who use supplements to bulk up and then use
stimulants to cut fat and ‘shred’ for a particular
event – like a music festival or boat raft-up.
For them, and many people who abuse
supplements and PIEDs, it’s the promise of
a quick fix of improved perfor mance or a hot
body that makes them so appealing. And of
course, if a little bit of something is good,
they think a whole lot more must be better.
Former national bodybuilding champion Alex
has been taking steroids since his 20s. Now 44,
he still goes to the gym four or five days a week
and does the odd comp, and still uses steroids.
He doesn’t believe in the side effects of
steroids, but he does believe in hard work. He
stuck to a strict diet and trained with a lot of
conviction for a number of years until he found he
was str uggling to make gains and began searching
for something more. Steroids were the answer.
“I hold a lot of resentment towards these
young blokes who want to take drugs without
doing the work, because they haven’t earned the
right,” says Alex. “They haven’t reached their
potential, physically and mentally, first.”
Alex says young people in today’s society are
lazy – they want everything now but don’t want to
do the work. Of course they’re going to choose
to smash gear rather than put in the hard work if
the perceived results are promised to come sooner.
As things stand, Sports Medicine Australia, in
conjunction with several universities around the
country, is looking into where athletes and coaches
obtain information about many aspects of health,
including drugs and supplements, with a view to
improving the education of coaches and athletes
so they can have better advice and information.
And reliable infor mation, says Mark Brown,
is the key for anyone thinking of using
supplements and substances to enhance
themselves. “People should have a well-balanced
eating plan and suitable levels of physical activity
and not take anything in excessive amounts,” he
says. “If they are considering taking anything, they
need to get relevant advice from a sports doctor or
physician about how to put it all together, not just
talk to their mates or read a package in
a supplement or health food store.”
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