“Team Talk”: Prescription Opioids in Sport: Use, Misuse, and Abuse


Day One: June 11, 2018

2:40 – 3:10 pm


Speaker: Shanyn Lancaster, MD

Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine; Certificate of Added Qualification-Sports Medicine; Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians; Head Team Physician, Sun Devil Athletics; Arizona State University Health Services – Chief of Sports Medicine

Session Description:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids.  The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain medicines, heroin, and synthetics like fentanyl—has become a serious national crisis that affects health as well as social and economic welfare.  In this session we will explore an athlete’s spiral into opioid addiction, from injury, to painkillers, and beyond.  What is the medical staff’s responsibility legally and ethically to treat pain?  To prevent prescription misuse?  To prevent addiction and abuse?


By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Indicate the role of the “team behind the team” in appropriately addressing pain management in athletes and mitigating the potential for opioid abuse.
  • Implement prevention strategies for protecting athletes from opioid misuse, abuse, or addiction.
  • Summarize current trends in the opioid public health epidemic and how it relates to athletics and pain management in sport.


Speaker Bio:

Board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, Shanyn C. Lancaster, MD, provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages. As a former Big Ten gymnast and after nearly 20 years in the sport, she has special interest in treating athletes of every age and sport level but really enjoys working with the young adult population and educating patients about their problems.

Dr. Lancaster completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine through Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan after training at the Columbia-St. Mary’s family medicine residency program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and attended the University of Minnesota, where she majored in finance and pre-medicine.  She received status as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2014.

She is currently Chief of Sports Medicine at Arizona State University Health Services and Head Team Physician for Sun Devil Athletics.  Her clinical interests include women’s health in athletes, nutritional deficiencies and eating disorders, mental health and screening, banned substances in the NCAA versus WADA, and care of athletes using alcohol and other drugs of abuse.