As of 2014, the chemical supplement known as creatine is not banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association; however, there are strict guidelines on how it can be obtained. Players competing within the NCAA may supply creatine on their own as long as they are paying for it with their own funds. NCAA member schools are not allowed to supply creatine to their players.
In addition to being a nutritional supplement, creatine is a substance that the body makes on its own. It is an acid that helps energize parts of the body, specifically muscle. Because the United States Food and Drug Administration has not found anything harmful related to creatine supplementation, the NCAA and other sports-governing bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee, have not banned its usage.