Saturday, August 27, 2011

Michael Rodgers Tests Positive for Banned Stimulant in Energy Drink

Former American 100-meter champion Michael Rodgers tested positive for a stimulant found in an energy drink and could be ineligible for the world track championships later this month. Rodgers is the 2009 national champion and qualified for this year's team by finishing third at nationals. He said on his Twitter account that he tested positive.

USA Track and Field spokeswoman Jill Greer said the Anti-Doping Agency is handling his case and would decide Rodgers' eligibility for worlds. A hearing could be expedited and held later this week. A backup sample for Rodgers will be tested Wednesday. Tony Campbell, the agent for Rodgers, said the sprinter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant that can be found in energy drinks. Campbell said Rodgers ordered a vodka with an energy drink at a club last month, two days before a meet in Lignano, Italy, where he ran the 100 and was a member of the U.S. relay squad.

"Bad decision on his part. Now he is paying the price for it," Campbell said. "We have to clear his name. That's the main thing we want to do right now. Mike is not a druggie. The only thing he is guilty of is making a poor choice." Two years ago, Rodgers was one of the feel-good stories coming out of nationals: An up-and-coming kid who once made a living selling shoes from the trunk of his car. Known for his bright headband, the 26 year old finished third behind Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin at U.S. championships in June.

"He's broken up by this," Campbell said. "I just told him, 'I hope it's an eye opener for you.' But it's tearing him up inside."

Writer: The Associated Press

August 15, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Supplement Caution

Red Flag Supplement Words

Athletes are presented with a multitude of information about supplements, from many different sources. These may include the supplement's manufacturer, online stores, health stores, gyms, or friends and family.

Here are some RED FLAG indicators to watch out for if you are considering a supplement. 
**Please know that this is NOT a complete list and should only be used for reference.

Make sure to filter all potential supplements and any questions in regards to a particular product first with Shelly Mullenix- Athletic Trainer, Director of Wellness BEFORE you take it. 
Tommy Moffitt- Head Strength Coach and Jamie Mascari- Registered Dietitian can also answer your questions.

You should avoid any product that list or makes reference to any of the following:

All natural

Not for human consumption

Testosterone booster

Aromaste inhibitor Anti aromatase

Natural testosterone booster

Estrogen suppressor

Natural HGH/IGF-1 booster


Stimulant free version

Only FDA approved pro-hormone

Ephedrine free

Get our product before it is banned

Red Flag Supplement Ingredients

If any one of these ingredients or something similar is present in the supplement, we suggest not purchasing or using. You could have short-term or long-term negative health risks and/or fail a drug test.

7-Keto (DHEA)




Colostrum (bovine)

Superdrol (2a-17a-dimethyl-5a-androst-3-one)


Trione or Dione




Halodrol (4 chloro-17a methyl-androst-1-4 diene-3-17b-diol)

1, 3-dimethylamylamine (Most common)

Geranium oil extract

Geranium extract


Geranamine (trademarked by Proviant Technologies)






6 OXO (4-etioallocholen-3,6,17-trione)






Epistane (2a 3a epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol)

5a-androstano 2 3-c furazan-17b-tetrahydropyranol

Geranuim oil



Pentylamine, 1, 3-dimethyl-


2-Hexanamine, 5-methyl-
REC (Resource Exchange Center)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Nutritional Supplement Ingredient Warning: Geranium

American tennis player Robert Kendrick tests positive...

Health experts and anti-drug enforcers are scrambling to warn athletes and the general public about a potentially dangerous supplement ingredient with a harmless name: Geranium. In this article, you can read about the banned supplement ingredient that is commonly found in energy drinks and energy capsules that has resulted in competition suspension for a number of athletes.

There is additional concerns about the use of Geranium. Research has shown Geranium to have similar or potentially stronger effects than ephedrine, a nutritional substance that had been banned by most agencies overseeing collegiate, professional and international athletics. Geranium, coupled with the effects of the extreme heat of the South, makes for a lethal mix.

Click the link below for the full article:

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The 3 R's of Recovery Nutrition

Are you getting your 3-R's?

Just as it is essential to properly fuel your body before and during workouts, practices, and competitions, RE-fueling is probably the most important. Have you ever gone through two-a-days and felt tired and sluggish and unable to perform at your best? Or have you ever competed in back-to-back tournaments and experienced a big lack of energy after the first one or two games? Well, Recovery Nutrition is at your rescue because post-exercise snacks/meals provide the nutrients that help refuel your energy stores and repair your muscles-- together preparing you for your next practice or event.

By knowing and consistently practicing the 3-R's of Recovery, your energy levels will dramatically increase and help you feel at the top of your game.

Learn to Love and Practice the 3-R's:

1. Reloading energy stores with Carbohydrates
2. Repairing and building new muscle tissue with Protein
3. Rehydrating with Water and an Electrolyte sports drink (e.g. Powerade)

Starting with number one: Carbohydrates are your muscles' and brain's MAIN source of fuel and energy. After workouts and practices, your carbohydrate or "energy" stores have been depleted. Your recovery snack/meal will help replenish this energy and get you ready for the next event or training session. Over the years, carbs have gotten a bad rep and are commonly recognized as "bad and fattening." Without healthy carbohydrate foods in your diet (particularly in your recovery snack/meal), you would be unable to acquire the energy to get you through your team workouts, practices, and most importantly... your games/competitions. Adequate carbohydrate consumption and proper timing is KEY to optimal performance.

On to number two: Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein, and protein is what makes up your muscle tissue. During tough workouts and practices, your muscle tissue breaks down. By eating a recovery snack/meal (comprised of BOTH carbohydrate and protein) as soon as tolerable, the amino acids from the protein foods will stop this breakdown and start repairing and rebuilding muscle. Protein also helps reduce muscle soreness- a big plus for athletes who train multiple times a day and on consecutive days.

And last but certainly not least, number three: Hard workouts usually come with lots of sweating. Sweating is definitely not a bad thing; it is how your body cools itself and maintains a healthy internal temperature. Now, what is bad is when you do not replace the fluids that you have lost during your workout/event. Rehydration should be your top priority post-exercise. Failing to properly rehydrate may result in becoming dehydrating during your next workout/event. Dehydration is a major stressor to the body- increasing your heart rate, your body temperature, inability to concentrate, and inability to perform at your best.

So now you may ask, how do I implement a sound recovery nutrition plan?

Start rehydration immediately. To monitor your hydration status, weight yourself before and after your workout. For every pound lost, drink 2-3 cups (16-24 ounces) of fluid (water + electrolyte beverage). *Make sure you are hydrating DURING your workouts, practices, and games in order to prevent water weight loss and fluid imbalances.

Refuel with a carbohydrate/protein snack within 30-60 minutes post-exercise. You should consume 0.5 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight in combination with 10-20 grams of protein within this time period. Repeat this every 1-2 hours until your next meal.

Need some Recovery snack/ meal ideas? Try these!

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread
Fresh fruit salad mixed with nuts and low-fat yogurt
Turkey and cheese on a flour tortilla
Tall glass of low-fat chocolate milk
Bowl of whole grain cereal topped with nuts, fruit, and low fat milk
Bagel spread with reduced-fat cream cheese
100% fruit juice and trail mix: (nuts, dried fruit, cereal, pretzels)
Water-packed tuna stuffed in pita bread
Apple and peanut butter
Low-fat yogurt mixed with cereal
Graham crackers topped with peanut butter & raisins
Fruit smoothie with a scoop of protein powder
Recovery Carb/Protein drink (Muscle Milk, PowerAde protein milk)
Don’t forget to REHYDRATE!