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Diet and Supplements

Protein Supplements

Most supplements are expensive and are often misused – you get better results from a healthy diet.

There is no conclusive proof that they [protein supplements] do make a difference. You are far better off working on your diet.

Dr Ron Muratore- NRL’s former Chief Medical Officer

Forget the mass gainers, whey protein and creatine – tackle your diet head-on to give your body the best chance of developing and meeting the rigours of high-level Rugby League.

Plenty of professional athletes, like Olympic champion Sally Pearson, completely sidestep supplements altogether.

If you’re getting enough in your diet, there is no need for protein supplements.

Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs)

The intake of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) can lead to a multitude of health issues, both short- and long-term and in some severe cases can be life- threatening.

Players who take drugs and/or unauthorised supplements run the very real risk of being caught – something that will almost always ultimately result in suspension and a loss of income. Then there’s the stigma associated with being a ‘drug cheat’, and the related problems it causes later in life.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes a Prohibited List that is updated yearly.

The consumption of PEDs and other illicit substances will hurt your body, hurt your family, hurt your wallet and most likely hurt your career and reputation... It’s just not worth it!

If you’re concerned unsure of any substance you’re taking or wishing to take, see the ‘check your substances’ tool on the ASADA website

Junk Food

Many teenagers eat junk food every day, like chips, sweets and soft drinks. Your body, however, can’t run properly on poor fuel. Compared to a home-cooked meal, junk food (which includes fast food) is almost always:

  • Higher in fat, particularly saturated fat
  • Higher in salt
  • Higher in sugar
  • Lower in fibre
  • Lower in nutrients, such as calcium and iron
  • Served in larger portions, which means more kilojoules

A poor diet can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, constipation, fatigue and concentration problems – even when you’re young.

If you’re aiming to become a professional athlete and live a long and successful life, why would you put poor fuel in your body?

Acknowledgement of Country

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