2015, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A
Use of ergogenic aids among athletes in Maiduguri, NigeriaAuthor(s):
Maduagwu SM, Samuel GH, Oyeyemi AY, Jaiyeola OA, Jajere AM, Akanbi OA, Galadima NM, Saidu AIAbstract:
Background: Sports has become very popular and big business, hence to succeed and remain relevant is highly valued and very competitive. Consequently, athletes, in addition to pursing rigorous training programmes, engage in alternative ways to improve their performances in sports. rnPurpose: To determine the use of ergogenic aids among athletes in Maiduguri. rnMethods: Two hundred and thirty-two copies of duly completed questionnaire out of 250 copies administered to the participants were used for data description and analysis. The questionnaire which was self-administered underwent face and content validation by experts in sports physiotherapy, and physical and health education. To ensure reliability of the instrument, test re-test was carried out two weeks apart on 20 randomly selected athletes who did not participate in the study. rnResult: The age range and mean age of the participants were 15 - 39 years and 26.4±4.2 years respectively. Out of the 232 participants, 163 (70.3%) were found to use one form of ergogenic aids or the other. Male ergogenic aids users were significantly higher (p = 0.007). Significant difference (p = 0.029) existed in the use of ergogenic aids among athletes of different age groups, with those between the ages of 20 and 29 years constituting the majority. There was a weak but significant association (p = 0.047) in the use of ergogenic aids among athletes in different categories of sports. rnConclusion: Overwhelming number of participants in this study used one form of ergogenic aids or the other to improve their sports performances.Pages: 12-15 | 1689 Views 51 DownloadsDownload Full Article:
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Maduagwu SM, Samuel GH, Oyeyemi AY, Jaiyeola OA, Jajere AM, Akanbi OA, Galadima NM, Saidu AI. Use of ergogenic aids among athletes in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Int J Phys Educ Sports Health 2015;2(2):12-15.