Drugs and Supplements Used to Improve Athletic Performance- Pharmacist


  Credits  2

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These headlines may be familiar, whether or not you are a sports fan: professional athletes are caught using anabolic steroids; an athlete's death is linked with dietary supplement use; Olympic athletes are stripped of medals after failing drug tests. More alarmingly, studies have shown that high school-aged – and even younger children - use anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances. A 2006 study estimated that the proportion of boys using anabolic steroids (including androstenedione) within the past year was about 2% in the 8th grade and 3% in the 12th grade. The estimate for girls was 1% in both the 8th and 12th grades. This equates to hundreds of thousands of adolescents taking these body-altering substances. The use of performance-enhancing substances seems to have exploded over the last 2 decades. Factors fueling this explosion probably include increases in drug discovery and the availability of information, heavy promotion of dietary supplements, and greater rewards for athletic success. Sports-governing agencies ban the use of some (but not all) supplements, drugs, and other substances that boost athletic performance. Prohibited substances include anabolic agents, stimulants, peptide hormones, and diuretics.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 428-0000-08-004-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.