PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE USE OF ERGOGENIC AIDS IN MILITARY SETTINGS

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Authors
  1. Jacobs, I.
  2. Bell, D.
  3. Allsopp, A.
  4. Goforth, H.
  5. Murray, N.
  6. and others
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Ergogenic aids (EA) are pharmacological and/or nutritional substances, and physiological procedures or strategies which are traditionally considered to be effective if their use induces an improvement of one or more physical fitness components. LIke athletes attempting to "gain an edge" over their opponents, there is substantial evidence that military personnel also consume EA. We are concerned, however, about the lack of information and the misinformation that may prompt military personnel to purchase and use purported EA which are either dangerous or ineffective. Therefore, an international group of experts reviewed EA to evaluate whether or not physical performance is likely to be acutely affected by the use of a specific EA, and any associated health risks. A comprehensive literature review yielded fifty-eight EA with purported, established and/or potential applications for combat personnel; the results of the review of both effective and ineffective EA have been tabulated and included in this paper.
Keywords
Ergonomics;Ergogenic aids;Muscular strengths;Physical training;Muscular strength;Ergogenic effects;Endurance training;Human performance
Report Number
DCIEM-96-P-33 — Paper
Date of publication
30 Nov 1996
Number of Pages
8
DSTKIM No
99-00197
CANDIS No
510022
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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