Creatine in Athletes
As more and more people are playing professional, collegiate and high school sports each
year (Debate), the competition for playing time has become more heated. Most male athletes in any sports these days are looking for any sort of edge that they can get over the people who are fighting for the same spot they are. These battles for playing time become so heated that these kids are willing to try just about anything to win. Most kids are not willing to try anything illegal like steroids, but something very similar to steroids is a supplement called creatine. Creatine is now the most widely used supplement in athletics today (Debate).
The sport that creatine is most commonly used in at any level is football. The reason for
this is because creatine is most effective when the muscles are used for a short 6 seconds, then a long 45 second rest. The time period of using muscles for 6 seconds and then resting for 45 seconds is closely related to a football game where the players run a play, then get to rest until the next play is called. At the professional level of football, most teams are allowed to take creatine, but some teams are have banned the use of it because no one know the long term effects yet (Actions and Effects).
Creatine has become so widely used because of its endorsers. Shannon Sharpe, who
played for the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens, is paid advertiser and endorser. Sharpe claims that creatine has played a big part in his success no matter what anyone else says. "I don't care if you get five PhD's, I don't care if you get seven strength and conditioning coaches to tell me otherwise," Sharpe told ESPN. "I believe it works for me." Shannon Sharpe is not the only football player to think like this. Over seventy percent of the Denver Broncos take creatine, as well as over seventy-five percent of the San Francisco 49ers. In the entire National Football League, approximately fifty percent of all players use creatine (Martinez). Other professional athletes who take creatine and also stand behind it are Troy Aikman, Brady Anderson, Michael Johnson, and Chad Curtis. Michael Johnson claims that creatine helped him win his gold medals, while Curtis claims he gained fifteen pounds from taking the supplement (Martinez). These athletes are just a small example of professionals who endorse creatine, and their success is a big reason why many younger athletes feel the need to try it.
On the collegiate level, the number of athletes who take...