Excerpt from Article: "Creatine, which the American College of Sports Medicine says shouldn’t be used by those younger than 18, has been shown to be ineffective for some people. It can cause stomach upset and muscle cramps and overwork the kidneys. There are no data evaluating the long-term consequences of use or its effect on the heart and brain."
"Coach H" Response: I have been reading this tired boogey monster story about creatine since the mid 80’s and coaching high school juniors and older using creatine the entire time. I have rarely witnessed anything negative happening. The one or two muscle cramp experiences were always related to very poor hydration habits. A few athletes did not get any benefit from creatine supplementation. But absolutely no one has had a significant negative effect.
My Response to "Coach H": Although I don’t disagree with the general statements made here, my question is this —> How do you know? Cause and effect relationship in medical situations is hardly an easy journey when one tries to locate pathology. In that you have signed your credentials to the bottom of this post and are fully experienced and qualified, then you are most certainly aware that soft tissue trauma and other forms of dysfunction that occur and go unchecked can impact compensatory action and cause injury, often years later. Again, I also think the ‘boogey man’ statements regarding creatine are inflated, but do not have hubris enough to assume that I know everything related to potential concerns – even years later.
Excerpt from Article: Grasso’s comment
"He worries, however, that creatine can be a gateway drug. "Once you start dabbling in ergonomic (performance enhancing) aids, my concern is they become addictive…”
"Coach H" Response: is asinine and comes from a whore for public exposure. Creatine is a food supplement, one that our own bodies synthesizes from protein consumption, not a god damn drug or hormone. Chocolate is more addictive!
My Response to "Coach H": My concerns and statement regarding addiction have nothing to do with biological considerations at all. They are mental and emotional. Once again, I point to your rather lofty experience and success in this youth fitness industry – Surely you must know the evidence, empirical or otherwise, of performance enhancing drugs causing addictions within there users. The largeness and fullness or the muscles, enhanced speed and power, the ‘perception of an athletic edge’… These are the biomotor and psychological factors which many young men become addicted to for youth sports and could lead to the search for more intensified versions of supplementation to further increase what they see and feel. Emotional and psychological behavior of those taking enhancement supplements is a very misunderstood and ignored factor within this genre.
"Coach H" Comment: I personally have supplemented with creatine for 25+ years and have no health issues. There are more people who suffer negative effects from eating citrus than those who experience problems with creatine. More athletes have had upset stomachs from Gatorade than creatine.
My Response: I don’t disagree, but my father smoked 2 packs a day for 40 years. My oldest brother still smokes 2 packs a day (now going on nearly 30 years). Neither of them have ever become ill, developed lung cancer or even a respiratory illness. Is the federal government then over-stating the deadly potential of cigarette smoke? By my family’s experience, it would seem so. You cannot suggest that claims being made by me, a reporter or the federal government are inflated and ‘boogey man’ based, when you use a personal story as complete and utter hyperbole to support your own claim. You simply disagree with my position… that’s fine, admirable and certainly one of the joys living in a free society.
"Coach H" Comment: When can I expect to read your article recommending the prohibition of citrus fruit?
My Response: I hope the reporter does write that story. Perhaps it will appear the same time as when you realize that your rather impressive credentials (as listed below) don’t amount to much in terms of offering a valuable opinion when it has to be shouted and laced with name calling. Debate is healthy. Debate is necessary. One of my favorite things to do is say "I was wrong" when someone shows me that I have misjudged what I thought to be true.
On the basis of your email alone, I am left wondering what kind of role model you are to young athletes pursuing youth sports?
That’s not intended to be a negative shot for no reason or the least bit rude, but when one of your young athletes receives news they disagree with or perhaps a call goes against them in a game setting, would you really want them responding by calling someone a ‘whore’ and reacting in such an inflammatory way?
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