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Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)


Department of Health Sciences


Melissa Rittenhouse

Jeremy Akers

Joy Lohr


The perceived need of nutritional ergogenic aids among college students produces concern regarding the safety and efficacy of such aids. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the rationale and use of nutritional ergogenic aids in male college students ages 18-25. Students participated in an anonymous survey assessing nutritional ergogenic supplementation and rationale behind use. There was no significant difference in supplement use between competitive and non-competitive athletes (p=0.708). However, a significant difference in nutritional ergogenic aid use between heavy and light exercisers was noted, with heavy exercisers more likely to use supplements than light exercisers (p=0.041). The primary rationale behind supplement use was to provide energy (22%), enhance recovery (19.6%), and build muscle (19.4%). Participants were most likely to obtain information on supplements from friends (79%) or the internet (79%) therefore; universities should provide education on nutritional ergogenic aids by providing reputable sources of these products.



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