The Muscle Trap - FIT18

The Muscle Trap

Supplement Use by Men

by Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
(4.2 / 33 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Fitness (0.10 CEU)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


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, fitness professionals, and massage therapists.
Fitness professionals: 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.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the American Council on Exercise as a Continuing Education Specialist (provider #250164). This course is approved for 0.1 ACE CEC.
The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Nutrition Dimension meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2010 to 2013 (provider #681205). ACSM’s Professional Education Committee certifies that OnCourse Learning meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2013 to December 2019 (provider #730441). This course is approved for 1.0 ACSM CEC. ACSM approved providership of these programs does not imply endorsement of the sponsoring organization’s products/services.

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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Jacqueline S - ORANGE PARK, FL  ·  Jul 02, 2018
great course and thank you to management for great assistance today in providing execution and deliverance of course material. good experience. this course was extremely informational and helpful in my dailey career to implement the importance of supplement use and anabolic steroid abuse by athletes
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Pamela S - Albany, NY  ·  Jun 05, 2018
Great tips on supplements and guidelines
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Whitney M - Mountain View, HI  ·  Apr 04, 2018
Great review of common supplements.
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Samuel S - Calhoun, GA  ·  Jan 09, 2017
Thorough list of supplements
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Christopher A - Lisbon, ME  ·  Mar 13, 2015
Strongly relevant in today society.
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Price: $29.00
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