Our expert says:
Sports supplements in general is definitely NOT indicated for children < 18 years.
Creatine is a popular supplement amongst young athletes and can be found widely in popular protein supplements (USN, EAS, etc.) The American College of Sports Medicine discourages the use of creatine in adolescents < 18 years due to the potential adverse health effects. NO studies have shown the effectiveness of creatine supplements in people < 18 years and there is NO data documenting the safety thereof.
I would suggest your son see a dietician specializing in sport nutrition to assess the adequacy of his current diet according to the requirements for his sport. She can determine after thorough assessment whether or not any supplementation is necessary. If he wants to “bulk up”, we usually rather prescribe a complete liquid meal replacement (such as Nutren Active/ Optimum or Ensure) as it is rather the total amount of energy / calories in combination with exercise that help to build muscle..and not only protein. We usually do get adequate amounts of protein from the diet. These meal replacements are also used in hospitals in patients who have weak immune systems, so it is 100% safe and much much less expensive than some of the other supplements.
There are also other factors to consider concerning nutrition and exercise, for example the timing of his food intake around his training schedule to optimize performance and body composition.
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