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K2 Gains Popularity Among Athletes

March 2011:  K2, also known as Spice, is a synthetic version of marijuana.  This drug, which creates a similar high to marijuana, is becoming more popular among athletes because it does not generate a positive drug test.  The active ingredient of this herbal mix, sprayed with chemicals, is JWH-018, which is very similar to the active compounds of marijuana.  K2 is a relatively new drug, first identified in 2008.  There is great concern over the side-effects of this drug.  It may cause dangerously elevated heart rates, hallucinations, seizures, and cardiac arrest, among others.  It has been linked to several deaths in athletes.

This drug was recently added to the DEA's controlled substance list.  It will become a banned substance by the NCAA beginning August 1, 2011.  You can read more about this drug here.

The "Other" Stimulant: Methylhexaneamine (Geranium Oil)

March 2011:  This stimulant has been experiencing a resurgence in athlete use over the past five years.  Used for increased metabolic rate and weight loss, companies claim this supplement can trigger fat loss.  It acts much like amphetamines and ephedrine.  It is derived from the geranium plant and was first developed in 1944 by Eli Lilly.  

  • Methylhexaneamine is the most common ingredient name for this stimulant.  However it may also be listed under any of these synonyms:
  • 1,3, Dimethylamylamine
  • Dimethylpentylamine
  • Geranamine
  • Geranium Oil

Use of this product will result in a positive drug test!  It is a banned substance, and NCAA are advised not to take this supplement.  For more information, please refer to the Resource Exchange Center's statement from September 2010.

Below are the most commonly used products containing this substance.  This is not a complete list:

  • Jack3d - USPLabs
  • OxyElite Pro - USPLabs
  • M5 Extreme - Cellucor
  • Hemo Rage Black - Nutrex
  • Lipo 6 Black Hers - Nutrex
  • 1M.R. (capsule and powder) - BPI
  • Anarchy Covalex - VPX
  • Muscle Spike - Muscle Fortress
  • Code Red - MuscleMeds
  • Noxipro - CTD Labs

NCAA Safeguards Committee Acts on Concussion Management

2011:  The NCAA has been taking steps to improve and standardize care of concussions in collegiate athletics. In late 2009 the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports proposed several policy-related changes to improve concussion management in all sports; though not officially implemented, these changes are supported by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The NCAA has revised its Sports Medicine Handbook in anticipation of these policy changes. Some of the proposed guidelines include:  

  • Prohibiting same day return-to-play of any athlete who loses consciousness during a practice or game
  • Removing from play of any athlete exhibiting signs or symptoms of a concussion
  • Requiring any athlete suspected of having a concussion to be medically cleared by a physician before returning participation
  • Following a graded, step-wise return to participation protocol once symptoms have resolved

These guidelines are already part of our Dartmouth College Sports Medicine Concussion Policy. For more information the NCAA Concussion Awareness program, visit their website


 Can Antioxidants Improve Performance and Reduce Recovery Time?

2009: In this 2009 article from Training & Conditioning magazine, Lisa Dorfman, Director of Sports Nutrition and Performance at the University of Miami reviews the evidence. The article instructs the reader on the body chemistry of free radicals and the role of antioxidants. She discusses the theory of antioxidants in performance and recovery and offers suggestions on how to increase your antioxidant consumption. For more, read the full article.

Last Updated: 4/14/16