We offer an informative series of free one-hour webinars throughout the year, covering the hottest topics in wellness, dietary supplements and conversations relating to sports drug education and testing. Each session features an industry expert relevant to the topic, along with our Senior Director of Education, Lara Gray.

For questions or webinar topic suggestions, contact Lara at moc.t1524699633ropse1524699633erfgu1524699633rd@ya1524699633rgl1524699633.


Webinar Series


Future-Proofing Your Athletes: Navigating Fad Dieting

Tuesday, May 1, 2018; 12 - 1PM CDT

Guest Speaker: Katie Knappenberger MS, RD, CSSD, ATC Director of Performance Nutrition at Northwestern Athletics In this session, participants will explore fad diets throughout history and the most popular diets today. We will take an evidence-based look at Whole 30, Paleo, and Ketogenic diets as they apply to athletes. The presentation will close by sharing innovative ways to teach athletes about these diets and help them identify and navigate fad diets in the future. At the end of the presentation, attendees will be better able to:
  • Define and identify fad diets.
  • Describe the claims, potential benefits, and risks of Whole30, Ketogenic, and Paleo diets for athletes.
  • Design strategies to educate athletes about fad diets to support health, safety, and performance.
  Katie Knappenberger is the Director of Performance Nutrition for Northwestern University Athletics. She joined Northwestern in June of 2014 to build a performance nutrition program unlike any other in college athletics. Her mission is to empower athletes to use food to fuel athletic and academic success. She is responsible for clinical nutrition care, team and staff education and outreach, fueling station management, and food and supplement security. Before joining the Wildcats, Knappenberger was an assistant professor and athletic trainer at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Fla. She earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master's degree in nutrition with emphasis in sports dietetics from the University of Utah. Knappenberger is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Athletic Trainer who is actively involved in the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). She currently represents the Big Ten Conference on CPSDA’s Power 5 Committee and was elected by her peers to join CPSDA’s Board of Directors at the end of May.   Drug Free Sport, LLC (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 Category A hour/CEU. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the session.   

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Is My Drug Testing Program Working?

The goal of drug testing in sport is to both deter use of performance-enhancing substances, and also to protect the athletes who compete clean—leveling the playing field for all competitors. Still, with a myriad of testing panels, matrices, and budget allocations, it is common to wonder if these goals are being achieved. This webinar dives into the principles of an effective drug testing program, allowing attendees to understand and compare their program to industry best practices. Mark Bockelman, Vice President of Collegiate and Amateur Sport, and Erika Kuhr, Senior Director of Sport Drug Testing, share insights and model examples for attendees to review and discuss. Speakers also address questions related to drug testing practices, procedures, and other trends. At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify key components of an effective drug testing program.
  • Describe the strengths and limitations of different drug testing matrices (urine, blood, saliva).
  • Discuss ways to best utilize available budgetary resources to employ an effective drug testing program.


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2018 Supplement Update with NSF International

An informative and interactive webinar with John Travis, Senior Research Scientist, and Brian Jordan, Technical Manager for the Certified for Sport program at NSF International. In an open conversation and Q&A exchange, we explore current trends in supplement manufacturing and composition, and hear about new research related to ingredients found in sports products. Learning Objectives: 1. Summarize new research pertaining to supplement ingredients appearing on the market. 2. Examine trends in the supplement industry that put athletes at risk. 3. Outline the impact of third-party supplement testing on reducing risks associated with supplement use. View the recording by clicking here.   

Stimulants in Supplements and the Athlete: Necessary or Harmful?

Dietary supplements are used among athletes to increase energy, enhance performance, or make up for a lack of nutritional resources. However, athletes put their career and health on the line when they decide to supplement, especially with dietary supplements that contain stimulants. Drug Free Sport AXIS staff will discuss stimulant use in sport; specifically, how stimulants can negatively affect an athlete’s health, performance, and eligibility. We will also share the most common stimulants listed in dietary supplements, along with alternatives to using dietary supplements for energy and performance. At the end of the webinar, attendees will be better able to: 1. Recognize common stimulants used as ingredients in dietary supplements. 2. Outline the potential risks associated with excessive stimulant use. 3. Address energy and performance demands with recommended alternatives to supplement use.   About the Presenters: Thousands of supplements are sent to Drug Free Sport AXIS each year for review of banned substances and potential health concerns. Supplements containing stimulants such as those found in pre-workout powders, energy drinks, or weight loss products are common queries. On the forefront of trends and research related to supplement use in athletes, Drug Free Sport AXIS staff members, Lara Gray and Anna Filardo, will share their knowledge on common stimulants found in supplements, and provide recommendations for educating athletes on effective alternatives to meet energy and sports performance demands.

Athletes, NOT Addicts: Managing Pain During the Opioid Crisis

A topic on front pages and in leading news every day, we discuss the current opioid crisis in America and how it affects athletes. Emphasis is on strategies to limit opioid use in your athletes and what other strategies are available to achieve adequate pain control.   Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize how the current opioid crisis in America is affecting athletes. 2. Develop a strategy for limiting opioid use in your athletes and teams. 3. Apply knowledge to effectively utilize other non-opioid forms of pain management.   About the Speaker: Greg Canty, MD is the Medical Director of the Children’s Mercy Kansas City Sports Medicine Center, where they have a large multidisciplinary program working with young athletes through the college years. Dr. Canty serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and regionally on the Sports Medicine Advisory Board for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), along with also being an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Drugs, Supplements, and Food for NCAA Athletes: A Discussion with Mary Wilfert at the NCAA Sport Science Institute

Mary Wilfert, Associate Director of Prevention and Health Promotion at the NCAA Sport Science Institute, returned to our webinar series, fielding questions on NCAA banned substances, supplement policies, and allowable provisions for NCAA athletes. This webinar is relevant to all NCAA college athletic staff and student-athletes.  Learning Objectives: 1. Distinguish between permissible versus impermissible and banned versus not banned dietary supplements based on NCAA policy guidelines. 2. Recognize supplement products that put athletes and NCAA programs at risk. 3. Clarify changes to the NCAA' s permissible supplements bylaw and the effect on feeding athletes.