The Muscle Trap: Supplement Use by Young Men - CHES18

The Muscle Trap: Supplement Use by Young Men

by Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, CSSD, LMHC, FAND
(4.4 / 34 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (2.00 CECH)

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Athletes are always looking for a competitive edge that might help them reach their personal best to be their fastest, leanest, and most powerful competitor. Among the most often-cited and frequently misunderstood ergogenic aids that athletes use to enhance performance is diet and supplements (Kanter, M 2018).
The public and especially athletes contribute to the multibillion-dollar industry with an estimated growth of $37 billion dollars in 2019 (Naderi et al 2016). About half of the adult U.S. population uses some form of dietary supplements and, and while regional, cultural, and economic differences exist, a similar prevalence is likely in many other countries (Maughan, Shirreffs, & Vernec, 2018).


The goal of this continuing education program about sports supplements is to educate registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare professionals working with recreational and competitive athletes about where athletes (and the general population) gain knowledge about popular sports supplements, the efficacy and safety of these supplements, and how to help athletes avoid banned supplements. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss why male athletes take performance supplements.
  • Name supplements that are commonly used by athletes and describe their advertised or intended benefits.
  • State general quality-control and safety concerns regarding the use of supplements.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including dietitians, health educators, and fitness professionals.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 2.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 1/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/15/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/15/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Susanna T - Kaneohe, HI  ·  Mar 20, 2017
This course covers the popular supplements used, including the research results and side effects for each.
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KAREN W - vienna, WV  ·  Nov 01, 2016
a lot of good information about content and safety of supplements
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Sandra N - Garland, TX  ·  Sep 13, 2015
Nice concise info that will be readily used in practice
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REGINA G - SAN ANTONIO, TX  ·  Sep 09, 2015
Good information and provided resources to research more about this topic.
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EVELYN Z - Chicago, IL  ·  Aug 10, 2015
Better insight into supplemnets
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50