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Magic Potion: Or Is It?

Bamberger, M. (1998, April). The Magic Potion: Or Is It? Sports Illustrated, p. 59.

The Center for Youth Studies is pleased to have the following article review offered by a high school student. We believe that insight from young people themselves is important for today’s youth workers.

Chad Oliva, a 17-year old student, is one of many teenagers who feels that he must use creatine to keep up with the growing talent in professional sports.

Few studies of creatine have been done. Scientists do know that, so far, the people who use creatine suffer only from a few minor symptoms, and they do not appear to endure the same severe symptoms as steroids.

According to the Nutrition Business Journal, creatine is sold on store shelves throughout the U.S. Last year, sales were up to 100 million in 1997; they are expected to be up to 200 million in 1998.

In 1991, Brady Anderson used creatine for the first time. Anderson was probably the first major league player to use it; now, at least one quarter of major league players use the supplement. Troy Aikman and many of the Los Angeles Lakers make use of the product. John Elway is an endorser of creatine.

Like all drugs, there are potential risks and benefits with using creatine:

  • Creatine basically enhances muscle endurance and strength. It also helps reduce recovery time after a work out.
  • Creatine also facilitates weight gain and can cause bad cramps. These risks may be minimized by drinking lots of water.



  1. What information do you still need to know about creatine?
  2. How does this article affect your decision to use creatine?
  3. Do you know the long term effects of creatine and what it can do to a growing body?
  4. Would you advise kids to use this product?



Creatine is a popular performance-enhancing product. It is important to consult with a medical professional before using this substance.

Justin LeBlanc cCYS