UC San Diego Athletic Performance Nutrition Guide

Supplement Policy


A recent study tested 600 supplement products from around the world for substances that were not listed on the label and are banned by the NCAA, and United States Olympic Committee.  28% of the supplements tested in the United States had banned substances in them with no disclosure on the label.  14% of the supplements tested outside the United States had banned substances in them with no disclosure on the label.

There are two types of supplements, dietary supplements and performance enhancing supplements.  Dietary supplements are designed to supplement your diet for the purpose of filling in any gaps that may exist from less than perfect nutrition.  Performance enhancing supplements are designed by definition to enhance your athletic performance.  

Regarding dietary supplements, you should always try and get all your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat.  However, it is a good idea to supplement with a multi-vitamin supplement to ensure you are getting all your required vitamins and minerals.  Most major markets have a multi-vitamin brand for sale that are inexpensive and good.  If you are between the ages of 18-24 you may considered supplementing extra calcium so that you get at least 1200-1500 mg of calcium per day.   First, check to see if your diet fulfills that requirement, if not consider supplementing. 

Regarding performance enhancing supplements meaning supplements that claim they can help you gain muscle, reduce fat, help you recover, etc.  Since supplements are not regulated by the federal government the UC San Diego Athletic Performance Department does not condone the use of performance enhancing supplements.  The UC San Diego Athletic Performance Department understands that are supplements out their that are safe and healthy and will help improve athletic performance, but finding them is not easy and in the process you could mistakenly take a supplement that is banned that could jeopardize your health and future opportunity in sport. 

If you are considering taking any form of dietary or performance enhancing supplement, cross reference the ingredients with the website below and then make a copy of the ingredient label and have anyone on the Strength & Conditioning or Sports Medicine staff double check to make sure nothing in the supplement is banned

View this website (copy and paste in browser) http://www.drugfreesport.com/rec/default.asp?accessdenied=%2Frec%2Fhome%2Easp

Enter this password ncaa2 for Division II to check the NCAA’s banned substance list.



Given the climate of professional sports today STERIODS are getting more publicity than ever before.  It is disturbing that although STERIODS are not glorified by the media, or professional athlete, the abuse of STERIODS is increasing.  This tells me that more education is needed regarding the effects of steroids has on the body and performance.

You should understand that steroids are illegal both to purchase and to use. If any UC San Diego athlete is found using or has used steroids while enrolled at UC San Diego they will face sanctions from the athletic department that may range from suspension from competition to expulsion from all ICA team participation.  I would recommend anyone considering taking STERIODS to do a lot of independent research on the effects of STERIODS so that you can see for yourself why our rules are beyond reproach.  What I can tell you as an athlete who has competed in age group, high school (4 sports), college (2 sports) sports, and is still competing in various sports today, what my experience has been. 

Briefly, I grew up in an area of California that was considered the MECA of bodybuilding in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The gym I trained at as a high school athlete was populated by many professional body builders, pro-athletes, and professional wrestlers.  One thing I learned from my interaction with these individuals is that of those that did STERIODS none of them could do only “one cycle” as they all had planned.  Second, none of them ever felt comfortable outside the gym.  They always felt anxious, and alone the majority of the day except when they were training. 

I thought of taking STERIODS when I was 20.  I wanted that quick fix of lean muscle mass.  I researched and prepared myself for the negative effects.  When I thought my case was rock solid I approach my father about my idea.  My father and I have a wonderful relationship and there is nothing I would keep from him.  He trusts me implicitly.  When I told my father of my master plan he only had one thing to say, “You’re EGO has to be pretty far out-of-wack if you are going to consider doing something like that.”  I will never forget those words.  It is those words that have help me put into perspective what I and many athletes face when they consider cheating to get ahead.  After thinking about what my dad had said I didn’t want to be “That Guy”.  The guy who takes the path of least resistance, the guy who is not comfortable and patient working hard, the guy who lives for tomorrow instead of today.  I didn’t want to be “That Guy”, so I never went on that “One Cycle of STERIODS”.  At the time I considered doing STERIODS I was 6’3 and weighed 154lbs.  I decided to be patient, eat right, and train hard.  Four years later I was still 6’3 but I weighed 210lbs.  My body fat went up 1% from 154-210lbs.  I had many struggles along the way.  I couldn’t shake the “Tall Skinny Guy” label through college, but I had the respect of my family, friends, coaches, and teammates.  Which I know now was more important than being an extra 15-20 pounds, or running .5 faster in the 40yard sprint, or jumping 5 inches higher in the vertical jump.

The moral of this story is STERIODS do not fix how you feel about yourself.  There is no prosthetic for integrity, character, and work ethic.  Those are characteristics you earn over time.



INDIANAPOLIS   The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today condemned the development and use of new designer steroids.  ACSM considers chemicals, such as the recently identified Tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG, developed and cloaked to avoid detection by doping tests, as serious threats to the health and safety of athletes, as well as detriments to the principle of fair play in sports.  Any effort to veil or disguise steroid use in sports through stealth, designer, or precursor means, puts elite, amateur and even recreational athletes at risk.

The health risks associated with steroid use are severe.  Anabolic steroid use has been implicated in early heart disease, including sudden death, the increase of bad cholesterol profiles (increased LDL, lower HDL), an increase in tendon injuries, liver tumors, testicular atrophy, gynecomastia (abnormal enlargement of breasts in males), male pattern baldness, severe acne, premature closure of growth plates in adolescents, emotional disturbances and other significant health risks.  The health risks of designer steroids compared to or beyond symptoms of anabolic steroid use are currently unknown.

No one knows the extent of this yet, said Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACSM.  If there is one great concern that THG has exposed, its the potential that other non-detectable anabolic steroids may be in the pipeline.  The scientific and public health implications of this issue are quite disconcerting.  Wadler, an ACSM sports medicine physician who serves on the Health, Medical and Research Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and is a leading international authority on doping in sports, says the appearance of these new drugs and their use models dangerous behavior, potentially causing physical and psychological damage to young athletes.

ACSM calls for national compliance with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) regulations and to the World Anti-doping Code.  Further, the College stresses the need for clean athletes, those not taking performance-enhancing drugs or supplements, to publicly deplore the use of steroids among their teammates and peers.  ACSM underscores the critical leadership role clean athletes can take in disavowing performance-enhancing drug use and advocating fair play to protect the integrity of sports competition.  Other individuals who influence young athletes, such as parents and coaches, should establish a no-tolerance policy for performance-enhancing substances, and intervene whenever necessary.

In the past 20 years, sports governing bodies have made substantial efforts to eradicate steroid use.  Drug testing implemented by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, for example, has been instrumental in decreasing the use of steroids among college athletes.  Last year, ACSM called for mandatory testing for steroid use in Major League Baseball.  (ACSMs Position Stand, The Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids in Sports, ACSM condemns the use of these drugs among athletes.  To read a copy of this Position Stand, please visit http://www.acsm-msse.org).  Yet, information gathered very recently, over just the past few years, indicates an upward trend in steroid use among amateur athletes at the college and even high school levels. 

ACSM will conduct a national news teleconference, Friday, October 24, 2003 to address the issues of athlete health, the importance of fair play, and the call for increased vigilance on the part of athletes, coaches, parents, and others. 

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  More than 20,000 International, National, and Regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

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