For many years now, Creatine has been a “hot topic” in the hockey world. It is a natural supplement that is thought to be very beneficial for hockey athletes. The benefits that people rave about include replenishing ATP stores, which can lead to better energy on the ice, and easier muscle building.
While most people do feel that Creatine is safe since the body itself produces it naturally, you may be wondering if it’s safe for the young athlete in your life. And, while you may meet people who disagree, most would advise not taking Creatine unless one is at least 18 years of age.
The main reason for this isn’t because Creatine has some scary effects when taken by minors. In fact, evidence really hasn’t shown anything but positive effects when Creatine is used. However, all that evidence comes from research done on adult athletes.
Because no research has been performed regarding Creatine and its impact on kids and their growing bodies, minors who use it are taking a risk. They are stepping into the unknown and could potentially expose themselves to harm. Furthermore, there is no standard or recommended dose of Creatine for children, so it is impossible to know what a safe dose would consist of for a person under 18.
If you’re not willing to expose your child to potential risks, then Creatine should be a “no go” in your house. Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of other ways to supply your child with the energy and stamina he or she needs to perform well on the ice and to build a strong body. Vitamins, lean protein, leafy vegetables, and good sources of carbohydrates are all effective ways to achieve the same results that Creatine provides.