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 Director of Education, Lara Gray.

For questions or webinar topic suggestions, contact Lara at moc.t1519496522ropse1519496522erfgu1519496522rd@ya1519496522rgl1519496522.


Webinar Series

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.

Your Top 10 NCAA-Related Questions, Answered.

Speakers: Lara Gray, Director of Education at Drug Free Sport; Anna Filardo, Education Program Manager at Drug Free Sport.   As a resource for the NCAA, its participants, and its sports medicine staff on sport drug education issues, a session has been devoted to discuss many of the common questions that we received throughout the year. More than 25,000 confidential questions were answered in 2016 regarding dietary supplements and prescription medications, by Drug Free Sport education staff.

Overview of RE-ACT (‘recognize’ and ‘take action’) – a Clean Sport Bystander Intervention Program

Speaker: Dr. Kelsey Erickson - Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, England).   The ‘reACT’ ('recognise and take action') project is funded by the International Olympic Committee, with the support of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and UK Anti-Doping. The project offers a complementary approach to current doping education practice by developing a bystander intervention to address substance use behaviors. Specifically, it will explore if confrontation can be employed as an effective self-regulation approach to address substance use behaviors within a student-athlete population. To do so, it will apply the established situational model of bystander intervention (Latane & Darley, 1970) which offers five decision making steps towards intervention:
  1. Notice the event.
  2. Interpret the event as a problem.
  3. Assume personal responsibility.
  4. Know how to help.
  5. Implement the help.

New Trends & Consequences of Marijuana Use Today

SpeakersDr. LaTisha Bader and Ben Cort from the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) in Colorado. Stemming from their eye-opening presentation at the 2016 Sport Exchange Summit, LaTisha and Ben provide updates on the advancements in marijuana use - along with new risks.