Background: The number of dietary supplement users increased significantly, which could be explained by modern life and the search for an improvement in the physical fitness. The
dietary supplementation can be beneficial for a subject when is detected a deficiency of nutrients. However, the use of dietary supplements, usually is accompanied by a lack of knowledge about
adequate nutrition to the type of exercise performed, on many occasions making unnecessary the use of dietary supplements. Objective: The present study aimed to identify the
prevalence of dietary supplements by physical education professionals in Goiânia, Brazil.
Methods: Methods: The study included 131 volunteers, 83 men (27.7±6.0 years) and 48 women (25.9±5.1 years). All signed the consent agreement to participate in the
study, followed by the completion of a questionnaire about the topic.
Results: Less than half of respondents (46%) ingested dietary supplements. Approximately 72% of dietary supplements ingested were made by men and only 28% for women. Among the dietary
supplements, whey protein is highlighted (82%), followed by BCAA (57%), carbohydrates (28%), creatine (28%), and others (18%). Approximately 27% of dietary supplements users ingested two or more kind
Conclusions: The results showed a moderate use of dietary supplements among men than women. The most ingested supplements were rich in protein and aminoacids, occurring in some cases
the simultaneous association of two or more supplements. Because the consumption of dietary supplements for almost half of the participants in this study, additional research is needed to better
understand the real needs of intake of dietary supplements in this population.