18 May 2005
AIS sets the record straight on caffeine use in sport
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) does not advocate the use of caffeine supplements for children and the organisation does not promote the use of caffeine to athletes for performance enhancement, the Director of the AIS, Professor Peter Fricker said today.
Professor Fricker said the AIS does provide responsible and well-researched advice to sports and athletes on the impact of caffeine use in performance, as it provides advice on all areas of nutrition and physical preparation for elite athletes.
The AIS also provides sports and athletes with education and advice on the possible adverse side effects of using large doses of caffeine and, if a decision is taken to use it, recommends that it only be consumed in small doses and under medical supervision.
The AIS Director sought to clarify a number of inaccurate assumptions and comments which have appeared in the media over the past few days:
Professor Fricker said the AIS does not believe that the World Anti-Doping Agency should give consideration to placing caffeine on the banned list.
‘The extent of use in caffeine in sport is currently unknown,’ Fricker said.
‘Further, the beneficial effects at low doses are well within the range of the usual daily caffeine intakes of most members of the community,” he added.
Caffeine is currently already on the 2005 WADA Monitoring Program for use in competition.
Under this program WADA is monitoring a number of medications to detect patterns of misuse in sport.
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