NATA Position Statement: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids


NATA Position Statement: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids

CEUs Awarded:


Registration Fee:

$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Noon CENTRAL (1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST)


Kersey, Robert, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Professor & ATEP Director at California State University, Fullerton


Dr. Robert Kersey is a Professor of Kinesiology and Athletic Training Education Program Director at California State University, Fullerton. He earned his doctorate from the University of New Mexico, where his dissertation topic involved anabolic-androgenic steroids use among community college student-athletes. Prior to his doctoral work, he earned his BS and MS degrees at Oregon State University and the University of Arizona respectively. He practiced as an athletic trainer and college professor for many years before committing to academia full-time in 1994. Presently, Dr. Kersey serves as a Board Member of the NATA Research and Education Foundation, as well as other professional roles such as being on the editorial board for the Journal of Athletic Enhancement. Dr. Kersey served as the lead author of the recently published NATA Position Statement on Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.


The presentation summarizes the best available, peer-reviewed, evidence regarding anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS). Sub-topics include defining these compounds, clarifying their efficacy related to anabolism and performance, briefly discussing AAS abuse epidemiology, identifying concerns with AAS abuse, as well as suggesting possible interventions for prevention and treatment.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • detail some physiologic mechanisms by  which AAS are thought to cause anabolism.
  • discuss the various abuse patterns of AAS.
  • describe the negative effects of AAS on some of the key biologic systems.
  • identify and understand the various possible identifiers of an AAS abuse.
  • discuss an AT’s responsibilities with regard to recognition and intervention of AAS abusers.

Athletic Training Domain:

Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness
Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Organizational and Professional Health and Well‐being

Course Level:

Advanced Level

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