Should Creatine Be Allowed In College Athletics?

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Should creatine be allowed in college athletics? College athletics are becoming increasingly popular and competitive as every day goes by. As the competitiveness grows, so does the popularity of creatine. There are facts and examples why creatine should not be allowed, unless it is taken to moderation.

Creatine is a natural substance that is created by our body. It also forms a compound that is stored in the muscles that help provide energy during brief, intense exertion (drugs and herbs). It is created in the liver, kidneys and pancreas, also created naturally by eating meat and fish. Once the body's creatine supply is gone, carbohydrates are then used in its place. Creatine is also a legal over-the-counter "dietary supplement" (creatine supplements). Ninety-five percent is found in skeletal muscle and the remaining five percent is through out the rest of the body (creatine monohydrate). Creatine is used to increase the amount of creatine the body that is used instead of carbohydrates.

The body uses creatine to sustain muscle contractions and is essential to short-term, high intensity exercise. Some athletes have stated that there is an increase in body weight, muscle strength, and muscle size. There are also some athletes that say that there was no change in size or strength. Creatine is more effective in those who are well hydrated (creatine supplements).

Dr. David Framm, a doctor with the Mecklenburg Medical Group, has expressed a concern about the long-term risks such as liver and heart damage. Some other problems such as cramping, gastro-intestinal difficulties, dehydration and muscle pulls all are concerns on Dr. Framm's mind. Athletes that are using this supplement will dehydrate more quickly than others will, which can led to heat illness. Even though the body produces it naturally, high amounts added in by the supplement can be dangerous...