The 'innocent' sports supplements
The demands of modern football are very high and many players do not hesitate to resort to all kinds of solutions to respond on these demands. One solution is the food supplements that are popular in many sports, with football to be no exception.
However, FIFA sounded the alarm, noting the sharp increase in the use of supplements of dubious origin.
As explained by the head doctor of the World Football Federation, Jiri Dvorak, nearly 35% of World Cup class players take dietary supplements. The rate touching 50% of the players of the National Team under-17 and under-20.
What is puzzling FIFA, is that before taking the supplements, many players do not consult a doctor, so they risk to be found positive at a doping control.
"From various studies we know that about 60% of athletes under 16 years old in U.S. use supplements daily and all believe that will improve their performance. This, in no way based on scientific evidence, which, in fact, prove otherwise.
The same scientific research also shows that 70% of these young athletes not consult a trainer, nutrition specialist, simply take supplements believing that it will improve performance. As a sports doctor, I can not say that surprises me, but it is dangerous!".
"Several of these preparations may contain banned ingredients, such anabolics. Many of these supplements are contaminated with banned substitutes, such as anabolic steroids and other substitutes.
This of course is very dangerous because if an athlete selected for doping control and systematically uses such contaminated supplements can be found positive."
As an example, Czech brings what happened at last year's World Cup under-17 in Mexico. Then, over 100 players tested positive in use of the restricted substance clenbuterol, which was soaked in meat given to the participants. Outside of Mexico, Dvorak notes that several reports of contaminated meat from anabolic steroids come from China.
The professor explains that a well balanced diet provides the body with all the necessary tools to achieve top performance.
"FIFA seriously warns all football players to not use dietary supplements that have not passed through national control of medicines and food," he concludes.