The subject of creatine has come up recently with a few of our students. Parents and players should have a discussion about performance enhancing supplements and drugs. This discussion needs to occur early on (think 12.) It is in our locker rooms and coaches often encourage creatine to give players an edge and help them experience expedited strength gains. Parents have asked me my opinion on creatine.
Here it is. I am not comfortable with it. Most doctors I speak with that are not “team” doctors are not comfortable with it either. Read this link from the prestigious Mayo Clinic. (http://www NULL.mayoclinic NULL.com/health/performance-enhancing-drugs/SM00045)
Growing bodies may not be a fit for supplements not regulated by the FDA. The NCAA does not permit creatine to be distributed by it’s member universities. Creatine has been known to be a stepping stone to steroids. Professional trainers whomI respect do not recomend it for teen basketball players.
The choice will ultimately be your child’s. You owe it to your family to have an informed conversation that may include your physician.
Coach Chris Corbett
Austin Youth Basketball