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SCAN and CPSDA Joint Response Regarding 30% Protein Rule

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Discussion at the December 2014 Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) meeting included consideration of the dietary protein needs of collegiate student-athletes. The Committee requested a joint response from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) group and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) regarding the state of the science and the state of practice within collegiate athletics on student-athlete dietary protein needs.

The specific rule under consideration is rule 16.5.2 (g) Nutritional Supplements, and its current designation of muscle-building supplements as impermissible. Part of the interpretation of this rule is that “…Nutritional supplements containing more than 30 percent of calories from protein are classified as muscle-building supplements and may not be provided to student-athletes.” A small working group of SCAN and CPSDA Sports RDs collaborated to answer key questions proposed by CSMAS. Below are the questions/comments and the joint task force response.

Click here to read the full response.

Source: Athletic Business