1 Centro Universitário Estácio de Sá. Florianopolis, Brazil.
The practice of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has been growing with each passing day, the martial arts have increasingly adept at this sport, that seek to improve aesthetics, as well as a good performance in practice. The increase in the supply of different nutritional supplements on the market, and the demand for these products by practitioners of physical activity, aroused interest and objective of the study of the use of nutritional supplements by practitioners of MMA gyms in the greater Florianópolis, in southern Brazil. To conduct the survey questionnaire was applied with 38 individuals of both sexes, aged between 15 and 40 years, adherents to MMA. The questions involve questions about the consumption of supplements, training period, recommendation and purpose of use. All research participants or their legal guardians, signed an informed consent. According to results obtained in the research it was found that 31 (81.6%) respondents were male and nearly half of them (45%) had age between 15 to 25 years. As the frequency of the practice of MMA, 14 (36.8%) had practiced three times a week, and 20 (52.6%) had practiced four to seven times a week. Among those interviewed 23 (60.5%) used supplementation, of these, 9 (39.1%) had the requirements made by a nutritionist, followed by five (21.7%) that used for indication of friends, three (13%) were instructed by instructor, three (13%) for indication of vendor and three (13%) and by self indication. The most consumed supplement among users was the Whey protein with 22 supporters (95.6%) followed by the BCAA with 17 people (73.9%) and the reason for the use of supplementation that these practitioners reported was 43.5% health search (10), followed by hypertrophy 30.4% (7). Therefore the consumption of supplements was elevated in all study, and the majority did not obtain expert guidance.