December 2017

How to Choose Supplements

Supplements have become a cornerstone in athletics. They can range from whey protein, creatine, pre-workout, iron supplements, beta alanine, etc. Athletes consume supplements to reach their goals of increasing lean muscle mass, increasing strength and power, or recovering quicker; however, it is important to know what all the ingredients are in the supplement. Supplement manufacturers are not required to be approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA); therefore, there is no regulation of the supplement’s purity, effectiveness, or listed ingredients being a banned substance. The FDA is only involved with regulating a supplement if it is proven to be harmful or contain banned substances. If you test positive for a banned substances NCAA drug test, the consequences is at minimum 365 day suspension and a loss of a year of eligibility.

 

High Ankle Sprains in Hockey

Ankle sprains are the most common injury seen in sports. Typically, the ligaments on the lateral or outside part of the ankle are affected. In hockey, the stiffness of the skate helps protect these ligaments, but the force can be translated up above the ankle joint resulting in a high ankle sprain. The tibiofibular ligament and interosseous membrane hold the two shin bones together and are located above the ankle joint. These two structures are at a higher risk of injury in the hockey player. The injury can occur when