Why Do Athletes Take Supplements?

Whether you’re a recreational bodybuilder, Olympic runner, or state-level lacrosse player, then you will benefit from regular supplements. However, if you haven’t heard or tried supplements before, then you may be a little confused as to what these are.

For starters, these are not to be confused with illegal substances and sport-enhancing drugs. Legal supplements, such as pre-workout, BCAAs, and creatine are used to provide a sporting edge, increasing sports performance and simultaneously providing the body with the appropriate nutrients to achieve optimal recovery.

If you’ve reached a ceiling on your performance – perhaps you can’t run any faster or lift any heavier, then you should definitely consider trying supplements. The remainder of this blog post will discuss more on why you may wish to take these daily. 

To achieve optimal nutrition 

According to a 2007 study, 85% of track and field athletes take some form of supplements, whether creatine, protein, or a mix of other compounds, including vitamins, and minerals. In particular, supplements are a great way to achieve optimal nutrition. 

For example, consuming a simple supplement such as a protein shake after a challenging workout provides your body with a sufficient amount of protein and other essential vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes to kick start the recovery process. This is much quicker to consume than food, easier on the stomach, and allows athletes to gain that competitive edge over their rivals. 

To decrease recovery times been workouts 

As previously discussed, supplements provide athletes the tools to recover quicker between sessions. Whether protein, creatine, or other legal substances, athletes take these to push harder in each session.

Think of it like this: the quicker you recover, the harder you can push more often. This allows you to become faster, to lift heavier, and to ultimately, push your body more than your rivals.

Supplements are used to provide that much-needed competitive edge 

Finally, as we’re sure you already know, supplements are primarily used to gain that much-needed competitive edge over their opponents. There’s essentially a supplement for everything, whether increasing concentration and reducing the perception of pain (caffeine), kick-starting the recovery process (protein and various carb and electrolyte shakes), or others used to decrease muscle fatigue (BCAAS). 

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