Anabolic Androgenic Steroid Use in Adolescent student-athletes: The Pressure to Perform Webinar

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:00 to 12:30
Webinar Fee: 
$22.50 for NATA members / $37.50 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN
One of the leading Sports Dietitians and Nutrition Consultants in the industry with over 15 years of experience specializing in the development of nutrition plans for Professional, College, and High School Athletes to improve their performance, health, and recovery. Experienced and Professional public speaker surrounding the topics of Sports Nutrition and Dietary Supplement Use in High School, College, and Professional Athletes. Specializing in: - Nutrition education and meal planning development for performance enhancement - Development of dietary supplementation protocols for athletes - Consulting for Nutrition and Supplement Companies for product formulation and development - Corporate Nutrition Presentations for Companies, Teams, and Organizations - Private Label and Customization of Vitamin and Supplement Formulas

Anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS) use is rapidly becoming a public health problem for the United States as well as many Western countries. The British Medical Association Board of Science and Education revealed the prevalence in UK fitness centers to be around 13%, whereas in dedicated bodybuilding gyms, the prevalence rate peaks at almost half of all members. Adolescents are the most studied population for the prevalence of AAS abuse and research has indicated national AAS abuse rates were 4.3% and 2.2% for males and females, respectively (3.3% overall). While AAS have legal therapeutic use for specific medical disorders, healthy individuals use and abuse them to enhance physical performance or alter their physique.   

However, AAS are not the only consideration with athletes trying to obtain an edge on the competition.  Dietary supplements are also an avenue athletes turn to in order to enhance performance and alter their physique.  The dietary supplement industry is loosely regulated and are not subject to the same pre-approval requirements and quality tests as FDA-approved medication.

Research suggests that high school athletes are less likely to use steroids if their peers and parents disapprove, indicating that peers and parents can be strong partners in prevention efforts. Presenting both the risks and benefits of anabolic steroid use is more effective in convincing adolescents about steroids' negative effects, apparently because the students find a balanced approach more credible. Furthermore, research has demonstrated a comprehensive approach educating athletes about the harmful effects of anabolic steroids and providing nutrition and weight training alternatives to steroid use through the Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) program, has increased a football players’ healthy behaviors and reduced their intensions to misuse steroids. Studies have demonstrated after one year of the ATLAS program, football student athletes had less use of anabolic steroids and less intention to misuse them in the future and less misuse of “athletic enhancing supplements”.

Athletic trainers may interact with individuals who use or intend to use AAS, therefore, it is imperative that athletic trainers understand these prohibited substances so they can identify a current user while educating those who are considering using with the current and accurate evidence to prevent usage and potential negative consequences. Health care professionals and educators should be aware of the dynamic, social process of AAS abuse. Active monitoring for AAS abuse and maintaining an open, honest, and evidence-based dialogue with all stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, administrators, parents, advisory groups, and others, is vital.

Athletic Training Domains: 
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

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

Participants will be able to identify the signs and symptoms of anabolic androgenic steroid use.
Participants will be able to identify dietary supplements that are 3rd party tested and free of banned substances.
Participants will be able to describe how to educate athletes on the signs, symptoms, and potential side effects of anabolic androgenic steroid and dietary supplement use.
Participants will be able to identify dietary supplements that are supported by the scientific evidence compared to those being marketed without evidence.
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