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What would be a safe protein supplement for a 15 year old male athlete? Athlete is very active, plays football and wrestling.

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Dr. Guy Fogel
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Any pure proteins

Protein is inherently safe.
It may be other ingredients that incur risk.

In brief: Any pure proteins

Protein is inherently safe.
It may be other ingredients that incur risk.
Dr. Guy Fogel
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Dr. Steven Anderson
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Protein

Protein supplements are probably safe but are of dubious benefit in any athlete who has a quasi-normal diet.
The body usually gets enough protein to build muscle mass. Anything extra gets passed through. The bigger question is why is your son taking the supplements? What are the goals? If it is to enhance performance, their efforts would be better spent with other aspects of training (ie, working on strength, endurance, technique). If the goal is to get bigger and stronger, lifting weights can improve strength in adolescents. Muscle bulk and definition may not occur until later in adolescence or young adulthood. If your son is willing to take supplements for sports, how far are they willing to go? When they find that protein supplements don't work, will they look at other more dangerous substances such as anabolic steroids? Many of us worry about the slippery slope of performance enhancing substances. Use may start with something safe but lead to substances that are clearly not safe. It never hurts to have a talk with your son about what else is out there (in terms of substances) and who/where they are getting their information about the risks and benefits.

In brief: Protein

Protein supplements are probably safe but are of dubious benefit in any athlete who has a quasi-normal diet.
The body usually gets enough protein to build muscle mass. Anything extra gets passed through. The bigger question is why is your son taking the supplements? What are the goals? If it is to enhance performance, their efforts would be better spent with other aspects of training (ie, working on strength, endurance, technique). If the goal is to get bigger and stronger, lifting weights can improve strength in adolescents. Muscle bulk and definition may not occur until later in adolescence or young adulthood. If your son is willing to take supplements for sports, how far are they willing to go? When they find that protein supplements don't work, will they look at other more dangerous substances such as anabolic steroids? Many of us worry about the slippery slope of performance enhancing substances. Use may start with something safe but lead to substances that are clearly not safe. It never hurts to have a talk with your son about what else is out there (in terms of substances) and who/where they are getting their information about the risks and benefits.
Dr. Steven Anderson
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