Reference : Self-Administration of Medicines and Dietary Supplements Among Female Amateur Runners...
Scientific journals : Article
Human health sciences : Orthopedics, rehabilitation & sports medicine
Human health sciences : Public health, health care sciences & services
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/209607
Self-Administration of Medicines and Dietary Supplements Among Female Amateur Runners: A Cross-Sectional Analysis.
English
Locquet, Médéa mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Epidémiologie clinique >]
Beaudart, Charlotte mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Epidémiologie clinique >]
Larbuisson, Robert mailto [Université de Liège > Département de Psychologie > Psychologie du travail et des entreprises >]
Leclercq, Victoria mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Epidémiologie clinique >]
Buckinx, Fanny mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Santé publique, Epidémiologie et Economie de la santé >]
Kaux, Jean-François mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la motricité > Médecine physique, réadaptation et traumatologie du sport >]
Reginster, Jean-Yves mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Santé publique, Epidémiologie et Economie de la santé >]
Bruyère, Olivier mailto [Université de Liège > Département des sciences de la santé publique > Santé publique, Epidémiologie et Economie de la santé >]
Jan-2017
Advances in Therapy
33
12
2257-2268
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0741-238X
United States
[en] Amateurs sports ; Dietary supplements ; Female runners ; Self-administration of products ; Self-medication ; Vitamin and mineral supplements
[en] INTRODUCTION: Self-administration of medicines or dietary supplements without any physician's advice is a widespread behavior and appears to be more frequently practiced by women. Moreover, reasons to self-administer products are often pains and injuries especially among athletes who might also use remedies to improve physical performance. The objective of this study was thus to assess the prevalence of self-administration of medicines and dietary supplements as well as its determinants among female amateur runners. METHODS: Our sample was comprised of women who took part in amateur running events. Data regarding self-administration of substances, exclusively aiming at being physically prepared for the running event (i.e., intake the week before), were collected through an anonymous self-administered questionnaire including four specific themes (i.e., general information, self-administered medicines and dietary supplements, context of self-administration of substances and knowledge of the anti-doping regulations). RESULTS: A total of 136 women, with a median age of 39 years (interquartile range: 27-47), volunteered. Among them, 34.6% reported self-administration of medicines during the period immediately preceding the running event, with the aim to be physically prepared. More than one third (33.8%) also declared self-administration of dietary supplements. Furthermore, we observed that about 8.1% of the sample had consumed a potentially doping substance. After adjustments for confounding variables, the probability of self-administration of products (medicines or supplements) increased significantly with the intensity of the activity and the membership in a sports club. CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed that self-administration of products among female runners seems to be a widespread behavior, where the intensity of the sports practice and the network of runners seem to influence the decision to resort to this behavior.
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/209607
10.1007/s12325-016-0426-2

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