Factors Influencing Dietary Supplements Use Among NCAA Athletes at a United States Service Academy

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Physical Education

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American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference

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Conference Proceeding


PURPOSE: To identify the key factors that influence the decision to purchase dietary supplements among NCAA athletes at a United States Service Academy.

As anticipated, “free of banned substances” was the most important factor influencing supplement purchasing decisions among the NCAA athletes. Unanticipated and contradictory to previous research were the findings regarding the limited influence of social media on dietary supplement purchasing decisions among this demographic (18-24 years old). These findings indicate that the participants are performing due diligence regarding dietary supplement purchases and utilization.

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