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Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry 2010;14(4):175-181.
Association between Anti-doping Awareness and Dietary Supplement Use in Korean Elite Junior Athletes
ietary supplement uses and information about anti-doping knowledge in elite adult athletes have been reported in various countries including Canada. United Kingdom, Singapore and Republic of Korea, However, no study has been reported to investigate dietary supplement use and information about anti-doping knowledge in Korean elite junior athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate Korean elite junior athletes` anti-doping knowledge and awareness with their dietary supplement uses and patterns. 572 males and 156 female junior elite athletes from physical education high schools in 4 different cities in Korea provided written consents before their participation in the study. Among them, 44% reported that they take dietary supplements for reasons of maintaining physical strength (45%), recovering quickly from training (29%) and improving muscular strength (24%). Male and female athletes reported to receive dietary supplement information mostly from their coach (43%) and parents (58%) respectively. Our data showed that the most taken dietary supplement is herbal products (men: 36% and women: 34%), including oriental medicine, followed by vitamin (men: 26% and women: 32%), amino acids (men: 8% and women: 11%), minerals (men & women: 7%) and creatine (men: 9% and women: 4%). Our data showed that 84% reports their anti-doping awareness as less than 3 (below than normal), while 16% reports higher level of anti-doping awareness. In conclusion, this study provided information about Korean elite junior athletes from 4 different cities in Korea, resulting in that special education necessitates them being aware of anti-doping and dietary supplement use.
Key Words: Antidoping awareness, Doping informants, Oriental supplements, Elite youth athletes


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