The Muscle Trap - RD18

The Muscle Trap

Supplement Use by Young Men

by Julie Schwartz, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD
(4.2 / 54 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (2.00 CPEU)

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.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials.  This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2010, 4000, 4060, 4170 and performance indicators of 4.1.1, 8.3.6, 8.3.7, 10.4.4. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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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Mary Ann M - Lubbock, TX  ·  Feb 11, 2019
Material was presented in a straight forward, easy to follow format.
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Whitney M - Mountain View, HI  ·  Mar 01, 2018
Good overview of common supplements being used.
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Kristine S - Polk City, IA  ·  Jan 15, 2018
helpful for those working with athletes
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RYAN M - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Nov 02, 2017
Very very interesting
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Mark Y - Norwalk, CA  ·  Apr 21, 2017
This course provided good information that was relative and easy to understand and put into practice.
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Price: $39.00
CE-PRO Price: $19.50