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Chad Scott, known most recently for his vehement support Clemson and Florida State moving to the Big 12, has uncovered a little-known NCAA rule that prevents schools from supplying athletes with proteins supplements.
Why does the NCAA think more protein is bad when almost every nutritionist and strength coach in the world will tell you more protein is good, and essential, for athletes?
Competitive advantage. Or so the NCAA believes.
Here's the problem as the NCAA sees it. Protein works. Protein builds muscle. Protein is an ergogenic aid to use a scientific term. What that means is protein "increas(es)" capacity for bodily or mental labor especially by eliminating fatigue symptoms" according to Webster's Dictionary. If you're an athlete in training you need protein to fuel your body, rebuild broken-down muscles and reach your potential. Protein is also expensive. You've been to the grocery store, high protein foods - meat, cheese, fish, nuts - cost more than most lower protein foods such as cereals, grains, pastas, rice, candy, etc. Sugar and carbohydrates are cheap. Protein is expensive.
The NCAA's thinking is that if schools with more resources (money) are able to provide their student athletes with supplements higher in protein (which will be more expensive and also more effective in building muscle) that creates a competitive imbalance. In an attempt to even the playing field the NCAA "dumbs down" by rule the supplements it allows schools to provide student-athletes. Instead of allowing schools to provide their student-athletes with first-rate, high-protein shakes, bars and supplements which derive more than 30% of their calories from protein and therefore "build muscle," the NCAA forces schools and supplement manufacturers to give student-athletes inferior products loaded with sugar (which reduces the percentage of calories coming from protein). Schools are forbidden from providing their student-athletes with many of the products you and I buy at Vitamin Shoppe because those products are too high in protein, in essence, they work too well.
What makes this rule even more confusing, and further exposes its absurdity, is that the NCAA does not forbid student-athletes from buying and using these products themselves. How much sense does that make? Student-athletes can buy and take these products, but schools can't provide them.
In the interest of leveling the playing field between schools (socialism), the NCAA has actually tilted the playing field toward those players whose families can afford to buy supplements for them. The Law of Unintended Consequesces strikes again. The Bureau
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