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Sports Supplements and Risk: Perceptions of Young Male Supplement Users

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Title: Sports Supplements and Risk: Perceptions of Young Male Supplement Users
Author: Bowman, Carolyn
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Applied Nutrition
Advisor: Sheeshka, Judy
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to describe the experience of using sports supplements, from a risk theory perspective. Thematic analysis was used to conduct a secondary data analysis on 18 interviews done with young men who were interested in supplements. Participants were recruited from Guelph area commercial gyms and campus athletic centres. Participants used supplements because they worked out and wanted to gain muscle. Supplements, and especially protein, were part of a common knowledge among people who worked out. Participants evaluated whether supplements were ‘worth it’ by evaluating the cost, efficacy, and safety of supplements. Participants altered their behaviour in response to their perception of the riskiness of supplements, in order to feel safe. Many participants valued information from health professionals but found it lacking. Most information was available from sources that participants did not feel were credible.
Date: 2011-07
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