FDA Warns About Risks of Using Workout Supplements To Treat Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | September 9th, 2014

Football season is upon us again, and for many players, parents, and coaches, so is the concern over concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). While there are many actions that can be taken to prevent these injuries, the drug injury attorneys at the law firm of Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough would like to remind the public that taking a workout supplement is not one of them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently stated some companies have begun marketing “untested, unproven, and possibly dangerous” products that are said to help prevent, treat, and even cure TBIs.

The problem came to light after the agency discovered a company marketing a product as an effective way to cut the recovery time after suffering a TBI. The product was even endorsed by a player in the National Football League. The FDA took action to prevent the company from continuing to market the product, but officials say preventing the use of these products comes down to public awareness about workout supplement health risks.

The FDA is asking athletes to avoid using supplements as a means of treating a TBI. Instead, the agency says seeking medical attention from a doctor and taking plenty of time to recuperate is the best way to treat a TBI. Athletes can also prevent TBIs by using proper technique when playing.