Share this page

Health Library

Sports Supplements, General

In the competitive world of sports, the smallest advantage can make an enormous difference in the outcome of a contest. A substance that improves an athlete's strength, speed, or endurance is called an ergogenic aid. These are discussed in the article Sports and Fitness Support: Enhancing Performance .

Supplements could conceivably play another helpful role for athletes as well: aiding recovery from the “side effects” of intense exercise. While exercise of moderate intensity is almost undoubtedly a purely positive activity, high intensity endurance exercise can lead to respiratory infections. In addition, all forms of high intensity exercise can cause muscle soreness, which may get in the way of training. Herbs and supplements advocated for these problems are the subject of the article titled Sports and Fitness Support: Enhancing Recovery .

For information on natural treatments intended to aid recovery from injuries caused by sports, see the Sports Injury article.



Last reviewed August 2013 by EBSCO CAM Review Board

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Baptist Flame

Baptist Health Systems

Find A Doctor

Services

Locations

Baptist Medical Clinic

Patients & Visitors

Learn

Contact Us

Physician Tools

Careers at Baptist

Employee Links

Online Services

At Baptist Health Systems

At Baptist Medical Center

close ×