Is there a place for supplementation and sports performance training? The answer to this is the S if you’re looking for supplementation but a big caution sign when it comes to supplementation and sports performance training. First and foremost if you’re working on sports performance training you’re most likely working towards a higher level of athletics whether that be college or pro. With supplementation, you run the risk if not well monitored by taking supplements that might not be approved by all organizations. This could lead to you showing up negative on a drug test and negatively affecting your overall game just because of the games that you were trying to make and sports performance training. Now with that said there are supplements that you can take and that I would even recommend taking on occasion to help enhance your gains and improve your performance. The first and maybe not the most important but one that’s been official that won’t show up on any drug test is caffeine. Caffeine is safe for all athletes to take because this is not a performance-enhancing drug even though studies have shown from caffeine your performance can increase. So when it comes to actual gameplay or sports performance training caffeine is never a bad idea to get you a little bit of a kick to get going. Obviously with all supplements and food overdoing it is never a good solution. If you overdo caffeine your body becomes more dependent that could be some negative effects on the body. If you do it responsibly though you could see a lot of positive effects on the body and your abilities to sports performance training and actually performing at your sport. Again moderation is key so whether you’re just an active adult a kid not playing sports or you’re active in sports performance training and playing sports caffeine it’s never a bad decision when you’re in a situation where you need to have more energy and a little bit more focus. The next supplement we’re going to cover is protein. Protein powders or a quick way to replenish the body’s protein needs post-workout or even throughout the day. Proteins unlike caffeine can have additives in them that could show up on a drug test. Be sure that if you’re getting protein powders you’re getting one that doesn’t have any crazy additives it’s a pretty simple straightforward and quality product. Ask someone at the nutrition store or talk to a trainer to get advice for the best proteins to take. Quick science lesson when it comes to working out your body uses proteins to build muscle and develop overall abilities in your muscles. If you’re not replenishing your protein you will not see the gains that you’re wanting to see from the training that you’re doing. So when it comes to sports performance training or even playing a game itself I need to be sure that you were punishing your protein post-workout her post game to be sure that all the work that you must’ve put in is maximized by your body and you get the games that you’re looking to see. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you paid for sports performance training and did sports performance training but I’ll because you didn’t eat enough protein post-workout or your nutrition wasn’t on the point you didn’t see the games that you could’ve seen from the training? So for the first two supplements, you have two green lights theoretically caffeine good to go all the time for protein powder caution when purchasing but typically good to go anytime both of which can severely increase your capabilities and performance whether it be through the actual game or your improvements in sports performance training or even just weightlifting alone. As for other supplementation things get a little bit hairier and a little bit more precise. There are some supplements like creatine that generally you would be OK to take no matter who you are and shown great benefits for people with very little to no downside but whenever you get into any more supplementation you do run the risk as an athlete of having issues when it comes to testing and things like that. Although supplements might not be directly performance-enhancing drugs the last thing you want is non-performance-enhancing drugs to show up on a drug test as a positive result. So I’m maximizing your games for sports performance training or just your game alone caffeine is never a bad idea to supplement to maximize your energy levels and maximize your output in-game or in training. Protein is always a great option to refuel and replenish your body post-work or post-game. Although protein is a great substitution if you can get real natural food promptly post-workout that should always be the preferred route over-supplementation. Supplementation should never take the place of real food. At the next level of athletics, we offer advice and coaching on our overall Nutrition and supplementation if you have any questions feel free to call us at 918-720-8835 or visit our website next level athletics usa.com. Will dive more into supplementation in another article to give you a little bit more details of some of the bigger ones like pre-workout, creatine, and BCAS’s and all other supplementation like that.