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Proposed addition to NCAA Legislation Bylaw: Amendment 16.5.2

17 December 2009


Status: Legislative Council Inital Consideration Process Diagram

Intent: To specify that fruit, nuts and bagels are classes of nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements that may be provided to student-athletes for the purpose of providing additional calories and electrolytes.

Bylaws: Amend 16.5.2, as follows:

16.5.2 Permissible. Identified housing and meal benefits incidental to a student's participation in intercollegiate athletics that may be financed by the institution are:

[16.5.2-(a) through 16.5.2-(f) unchanged. (g) Nutritional Supplements. An institution may provide only nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements to a student-athlete at any time for the purpose of providing additional calories and electrolytes, provided the supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances. Permissible nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements are identified according to the following classes: Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters, and vitamins and minerals, fruit, nuts and bagels.

Source: Atlantic Coast Conference.

Effective Date: August 1, 2008

Proposal Category: Amendment

Topical Area: Awards, Benefits and Expenses

Rationale: Current legislation allows for an institution to provide student-athletes with energy bars, carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, and carbohydrate boosters, but does not allow them to provide actual food items, such as fruits, nuts, or bagels. Dietitians working with student-athletes work to convince student-athletes and coaches that nutrition can have a very big impact on his or her athletics performance, and to convince them that they are not immune to the same types of health risks that nonathletes face. While some sports nutrition supplements have an important role in the lives of athletes, encouraging a diet of healthy and natural foods is a key for establishing a long term healthy lifestyle. Additionally, many permissible nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements may not be as healthy as they seem. Many contain high-fructose corn syrup, which has raised concern among nutritional experts because of the way it is broken down in the body. Excessive amounts of fructose have been theorized to be one of the contributors to the obesity epidemic. Fructose has also been linked, through research, to an increased risk for heart disease and accelerated bone loss.

Estimated Budget Impact: Costs related to providing fruit, nuts and bagels to student-athletes at any time.

Impact on Student Athlete's Time: None.

Primary Contact Person:
Shane Lyons, Associate Commissioner
Atlantic Coast Conference
4512 Weybridge Lane