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Mil Med. 2009 Feb;174(2):158-61.

Sports and nutritional supplement use in USMC recruits: a pilot study.

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Department of Family Medicine, Uniformed Services University, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This is a pilot study to describe patterns of nutritional supplement use by recruits entering the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).

METHODS:

A survey asking USMC recruits to self-report nutritional supplement use was administered upon entry to basic training. Simple descriptive statistics and prevalence ratios were used to describe patterns of supplement use.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 65%. Half of respondents reported nutritional sports supplement use at some point before boot camp. The five most commonly supplements were: protein powder (43%), postrecovery workout drinks (36%), vitamin supplements (26%), creatine (26%), and nitric oxide (16%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Nutritional supplement use is frequent among recruits entering the USMC. The impact of supplement use on recruit fitness, training, and injury rates is not known.

PMID:
19317196
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