The Muscle Trap - CHES18

The Muscle Trap

Supplement Use by Men

by Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
(4.4 / 34 ratings )

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

Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50


Supplement use for sports and physique enhancement is a multibillion-dollar industry with new products continually entering the market. Use of supplements by the general population, and specifically by young men, is on the rise. Targeted messages promising these young men the results they crave come from a wide variety of sources, including healthcare professionals and others with some level of credibility to the public. Registered dietitian nutritionists and other healthcare practitioners working with recreational and competitive athletes must continuously update their knowledge about sports supplements. This knowledge can aid the practitioner in having an honest and evidence-based discussion on the safety and efficacy of the supplement and in developing trust and credibility when working with this population.


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 on knowledge of 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 the top three reasons why college-age male recreational and competitive athletes take sport and physique-enhancing supplements
  • List five supplements used predominantly by male athletes and describe their intended benefit(s)
  • List four quality-control and/or safety issues regarding sports 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: 10/26/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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