The National Center for Drug Free Sport® (Drug Free Sport®) is a company devoted to preventing drug abuse in athletics. As the premier provider of drug-use prevention services for athletic organizations, Drug Free Sport provides strategic alternatives to traditional drug-use prevention programs. More importantly, Drug Free Sport is a SPORT drug-use prevention company. Unlike traditional third-party drug-testing administration companies that conduct primarily workplace and insurance testing, Drug Free Sport works exclusively with sports organizations and their athletes.
The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. was founded in 1999 by Frank Uryasz, previously Director of Sports Sciences for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Drug Free Sport was created because there was no national entity that focused on the specific needs of sports organizations. Many organizations tried to conduct their own drug testing, using inappropriate workplace models. Moreover, sports organizations needed specific, student-athlete targeted testing, as well as independent drug-testing program management.
In 2001, Drug Free Sport developed Drug Free Sport Axis(formerly the Resource Exchange Center/REC) as a confidential hot-line and website to answer athletes’ questions about dietary supplements and banned substances. Subscribers include the NCAA, the PGA TOUR, and the LPGA.
Drug Free Sport has developed a number of programs to help institutions evaluate and implement effective policies. Our Speakers Bureau provides expert advice, pertaining to athlete safety and fair game, to student-athletes, athletics directors and athletic trainers.