Is there a physiologic basis for creatine use in children and adolescents?

Viswanath B. Unnithan, Suzanne H.E. Veehof, Chantal A. Vella, Marialice Kern

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The purported ergogenic benefits of creatine for the adult population have been well documented. In able-bodied children and adolescents, there is a paucity of data on creatine use and the purported ergogenic effects of creatine. Only 1 study to date has investigated the ergogenic properties of creatine in the adolescent population. The purpose of this review was to try to establish a rationale for creatine use in the child and adolescent population. The limited literature available in this area did not provide a strong enough rationale from either a physiologic or performance perspective for creatine supplementation in these populations. However, significantly more research is required before definitive conclusions can be ade.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-528
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • nutritional ergogenic aid
  • youth
  • sports


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