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Creatine, a legal dietary supplement not banned by leagues, may be linked to oblique injury epidemic

What in the name of Bill Gallo’s rotting inkwell is The NY Daily News up to now?!

So why the sudden surge in injuries to obliques, those broad, flat muscles that attach the rib cage and the pelvis? Why are so many ballplayers sitting out with sharp pains in their sides?

Sports physician Lewis Maharam, the former president of the New York chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, says the rise in oblique injuries may be a byproduct of the drug-testing program that MLB and the Players Association first agreed to implement in 2002.

“My theory is that drug testing in Major League Baseball is working and people are getting away from using illegal steroids,” Maharam says. “They are moving to legal products such as creatine, but they don’t know how to use it in conjunction with their workouts.”

...Migdoel Miranda, a personal trainer whose clients include Phillies reliever J.C. Romero, says players should limit their use of creatine because it taxes bodies that are already stressed by long baseball seasons.

“I’m not a fan of creatine unless we’re in the offseason,” says Miranda, the founder of Dio Fitness in Austin, Tex. “I think creatine should be banned by the team during the season.”

Repoz Posted: April 24, 2011 at 10:36 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: April 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM (#3807856)
Interesting. Where is the link that any large number of players besides JC Romero actually are using creatine as a supplement in their training? Or is it just being assumed to write an article.
   2. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: April 24, 2011 at 02:22 PM (#3807882)
Creatine was popular among athletes in the 90s; the Yankees, in spring training, would make creatine shakes for the players. But I figured everyone had moved on to the new new thing.
   3. McCoy Posted: April 24, 2011 at 02:39 PM (#3807886)
So then everyone with an oblique injury is a former steroid user? Interesting.

Apparently Angel Pagan wasn't so angelic. Well, that makes feel better that the Cubs gave him away for nothing.

Albert Pujols
Alex Rodriguez
Manny Ramirez
Chipper Jones
Tim Hudson
Chris Young
Carlos Beltran
Gary Sheffield
Paul Konerko
Bobby Abreu
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Jake Westbrook
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Angel Pagan
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Freddy Sandoval
Sergio Mitre
Rich Harden
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   4. AuntBea Posted: April 24, 2011 at 02:52 PM (#3807890)
I always assumed that a very high percentage of players are still using creatine, whether they be former steroid users or no. It's effectiveness, as far as I know, has not been sufficiently debunked (yet).
   5. PreservedFish Posted: April 24, 2011 at 02:56 PM (#3807891)
I thought everyone uses creatine. Really popular among high school kids.
   6. Dan The Mediocre Posted: April 24, 2011 at 03:12 PM (#3807894)
I thought everyone uses creatine. Really popular among high school kids.


This was true of my high school wrestling team. Basically anyone that wanted to add muscle was told to start taking creatine.
   7. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 24, 2011 at 04:32 PM (#3807930)
So then everyone with an oblique injury is a former steroid user? Interesting.

FWIW (little to the anti-anti-steroid zealots, I know) I would not touch anabolic steroids in a million years. I have taken Creatine.
   8. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: April 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM (#3807935)
“My theory is that drug testing in Major League Baseball is working and people are getting away from using illegal steroids,” Maharam says. “They are moving to legal products such as creatine, but they don’t know how to use it in conjunction with their workouts.”


So presumably they couldn't figure out how to use steroids in conjuntion with their workouts either. Thank goodness. Somebody would have hit 150 home runs in a season.
   9. Zach Posted: April 24, 2011 at 05:26 PM (#3807968)
How did creatine ever get lumped in with steroids? It's much more similar to Gatorade or salt tablets, and nearly identical to a protein shake. In fact, it's easy to find sports drinks or protein shakes that already have creatine mixed in.

Banning creatine is like banning a big steak dinner after a workout.
   10. CrosbyBird Posted: April 24, 2011 at 05:40 PM (#3807975)
The Met announcing team is discussing this article right now.
   11. rfloh Posted: April 24, 2011 at 06:30 PM (#3808017)
Just the kind of idiotic article that the Daily News would print.

Athletes ALL OVER THE WORLD, in a variety of sports use creatine monohydrate. If it is "linked" to oblique injuries, then, you should be seeing an epidemic of oblique injuries in athletes all over the world.

Furthermore, creatine is present in meat. All meat (that is why vegetarian athletes benefit most from creatine monohydrate supplementation).

This is more of the usual FUD.

"Migdoel Miranda, a personal trainer whose clients include Phillies reliever J.C. Romero, says players should limit their use of creatine because it taxes bodies that are already stressed by long baseball seasons.

"I'm not a fan of creatine unless we're in the offseason," says Miranda, the founder of Dio Fitness in Austin, Tex. "I think creatine should be banned by the team during the season."

The heck? How the heck did you become a personal trainer? Go back to take a basic human metabolism / human physiology class, specifically the part on the ATP-CP energy system.

"My theory is that drug testing in Major League Baseball is working and people are getting away from using illegal steroids," Maharam says. "They are moving to legal products such as creatine, but they don't know how to use it in conjunction with their workouts.""

Uhh. You are a sports physician. You KNOW what role creatine plays in the ATP-CP system. There is nothing to "know how to use it in conjuction with workouts". You just use the stuff.

"Creatine, a legal dietary supplement that is not banned by MLB, NFL, NBA or NCAA, is an amino acid that boosts lean muscle mass and strength. Studies show it's effective for sports like baseball, tennis and golf, activities that require intense but brief bursts of energy, and not so effective for sports that require endurance, such as running and soccer."

Not really true. Soccer players run a lot, true, but much of their running is repeated sprints.

"It's a stability and mobility issue," says fitness guru Mackie Shilstone, the director of the Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie, La. "Oblique injuries are brought on by improper training of hip musculature. When you pitch or throw a baseball, part of your body has to stabilize, and part of your body has to mobilize. Same thing with hitting.

"What's happening is that trainers are pushing athletes to overdevelop the front of their body while they ignore the posterior of the body," adds Shilstone, who has worked with thousands of pro athletes, including Serena Williams, Bernard Hopkins and Morton Andersen."

Uhh, the obliques are not on the posterior. And the problem isn't that trainers overdevelope the front of their athletes, it is that (male) athletes want to overdevelope the fronts of their bodies, especially their T(its) n A(rms). How many (male) athletes are obsessed about their T n A, vs how many are obsessed about their hips, thighs, and ass? How many (male) athletes want a huge ass?

"Miranda says the problem is that too many ballplayers are using two-dimensional exercise programs to prepare for a three-dimensional sport. Baseball players twist their bodies in often unnatural ways to pitch a fastball, turn a double play or swing a bat. But their exercise regimes often don't reflect that.

"One of the main reasons these things happen to players is because these exercise programs are not targeted to be moving in a three-dimensional way that a human body is supposed to move," he says. "For example, we move in a frontal way, we move in a rotational way and we move in what we call a (sideways) way. A lot of these programs are missing one of those."

Right. This is the issue. Much of training done in a weightroom is done in the sagittal plane, or frontal plane. This is fine, if you are a weightlifter, or a powerlifter, since that is all you need. Whereas in sports such as baseball, there is a lot of work done in the transverse plane too.

It has nothing to do with creatine.
   12. joker24 Posted: April 24, 2011 at 11:24 PM (#3808218)
Ban protein, it boosts muscular strength and endurance while reducing recovery times!
   13. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: April 25, 2011 at 12:53 AM (#3808242)
I believe still, creatine is still the number 1 supplement, advised to use in weight-training (per weight-training magazines like Muscle & Fitness, FLEX, etc). Even, before Whey. I used creatine to great effects in 05-06.
   14. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: April 25, 2011 at 03:21 AM (#3808295)
Ban protein, it boosts muscular strength and endurance while reducing recovery times!

It is an unfair advantage. After all, what are vegetarians supposed to do?

Baseball has to be a level playing field.
   15. The District Attorney Posted: April 25, 2011 at 03:39 AM (#3808301)
"What's happening is that trainers are pushing athletes to overdevelop the front of their body while they ignore the posterior of the body," adds Shilstone, who has worked with thousands of pro athletes, including Serena Williams, Bernard Hopkins and Morton Andersen."
Judging by Serena Williams' posterior, I can certainly believe that Shilstone does not do this.
   16. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 25, 2011 at 04:38 AM (#3808316)
After all, what are vegetarians supposed to do?

Ideally? Succomb to natural selection.

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