Performance Enhancing Substances

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WIAA Performance Enhancing Substances

The WIAA is against the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids and other performance enhancing substances (PES). Member schools shall devote time each year to positive programs which highlight prevention and education of the risks, benefits and adverse effects of PES. Coaches, teachers, sports medicine staff and school administrators who ignore or encourage the use of PES, provide and/or sell PES to athletes (including indirect distribution through a third party) shall be subject to their own school's provisions regarding discipline.
DISCOURAGED--The WIAA identifies 'Restricted' substances. These restricted substances can be legally purchased, but are prohibited in connection with school programs. They include: Creatine,Caffeine-enhanced products, Energy drinks (e.g., Red Bull, Amp, Advance by PowerAde, Coke Blak), Herbal Caffeine, No Doz, Protein Powders and other substances as identified in the materials.

Preventing athletes from taking supplements

Coaches, parents, administrators and licensed athletic trainers should send a strong message that discourages the use of supplements for performance enhancement. This can be done through a positive example of healthy behaviors regarding exercise and diet. In addition there are messages you can send to your athletes to counteract the advertising ploys regarding supplements. These include:
If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

There's no short-cut to excellent performance; it takes hard work.

Let the buyer beware: If someone can gain from your decisions, check it out thoroughly before you choose

If you win naturally, you'll know it was you who won.

No drug is harmless and free of consequences.

Even natural substances in unnatural amounts may have short-term or long-term negative health risks.

We advocate against the use of creatine and androstenedione because we believe they are too risky to be used by young athletes.

There is not enough research on the long-range risks of creatine or androstenedione to make these substances worth the risk of using them.

I'm your coach (or athletic trainer, or athletic director) and I don't think the use of these substances is a good choice for you, or for the team.
The WIAA has provided the following informational avenues to our members:
Articles in the WIAA Bulletin
Pamphlets cards are sent to each member school?s Athletic Director.
Wallet cards are sent to each member school?s Athletic Director.
The DVD 'Make the Right Choice' which contains two videos that address the supplements issue, were sent to schools. Additional copies are provided upon request.
Resource links on the WIAA web site.
Public Service Announcements
Discussion at the WIAA Annual Meeting, Sport Rule Meetings, and Area Meetings

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