The Secret About Supplements: You Might Not Need Them

While taking supplements might provide the edge needed by elite athletes, everything the typical high school student athlete needs can probably be found in their homes.

“If they just take a good look at their diet and watch it closely, and are careful about what goes into their body, they can get the proper nutrients from their diet alone,” said Drew Erks, CHI Health certified athletic trainer. “Some of the best post-workout things you can find are chocolate milk and something with peanut butter. And the good thing about those is that they’re FDA-approved, which isn’t always the case with some supplements.”

Before even considering taking protein or other supplements, Erks said student athletes should first make sure their diet is relatively clean. If they’re frequently dining on fast food and drinking lots of pop, he said it’s basically pointless to worry about taking supplements.