Substance Use and the Young Athlete

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This webinar will help practitioners differentiate between common teen/young adult behavior issues and an emerging substance abuse problem so that they may provide immediate and appropriate support to their athletes.


At the end of this presentation, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Apply knowledge regarding the physiological impact of substance use.
  2. Identify warning signs of problematic substance use.
  3. Assess need for immediate assistance and appropriate treatment options.


Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff



Megan Fowler, LCSW, First Call Director of Clinical Services, has been in the field of social work since receiving her MSW in 2009 from California State University, Northridge. She has previous work experience in family reunification, patient care coordination, and child behavioral intervention. Megan is grateful that her own personal long-term recovery and professional education and experience have provided an opportunity to advocate for individuals, families, and communities impacted by Substance Use Disorders.


Program Resources:

First Call KC

NCAA Substance Abuse Tool Kit


Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the session. 



Drug Free Sport (Accredited Provider 99D4E11) is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide continuing education to Registered Dietitians. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 CPEU.

Suggested Performance Indicators: 9.6.1, 9.6.7

Suggested Learning Needs Codes: 3010, 4000, 4040