Dietary Supplements’ Impact on Athletes
Research estimates that more than 75% of athletes use dietary supplements for prevention, performance, or recovery. The safety of supplements is a primary concern due to the lack of federal regulations on quality control and potential for contamination or adulteration with substances banned in sport. This session will provide up-to-date information on supplement trends, including new ingredients of concern and best practices for educating athletes about the risks of supplement use.
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be better able to:
- Describe current trends in supplement use among athletes.
- Identify key ingredients that put athletes at risk for positive drug-tests and adverse health outcomes.
- Apply best practices for discussing dietary supplements with athletes.
Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff
Anna Bottoms, MS
Anna is the Education Senior Program Manager, overseeing Drug Free Sport International AXIS™ by reviewing dietary supplements and prescription drugs submissions from athletes and athletic administration throughout the United States. A Certified Personal Trainer, she possesses a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness. She has experience working with high-caliber athletes at the University of Missouri – Columbia as a student athletic trainer, along with having been a state-level golfing competitor in Missouri high school athletics. Passionate about health, wellness and the development of student-athletes, Anna’s experience allows her to relate to real anecdotes of student-athletes’ daily challenges. She believes that her work contributes to athletes and athletic administration realizing health, safety, and quality of life practicalities for all involved.
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: 83.3, 8.3.4, 9.4.8