Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Drug Free Sport Staff Writers

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What can you take? Why not ask a Sports RD!

Drug Free Sport and the REC are pleased to announce that we will be partnering with CPSDA and their members to help address the question of, "what can I take or do?"  It is our goal to bring food to the forefront and avoid all unnecessary adverse reactions and positive drug test due to dietary supplements.  Athletes on all levels share one common goal and that is to be the best at what they do.  The REC will continue to stay dedicated to helping protect the integrity of sportsmanship in all sports. We exists to provide up-to-date, confidential and accurate information on dietary supplements, dangerous and/or banned (prohibited) substances, and provide educational materials to empower athletes to make healthy and responsible decisions.  We will now also be able to provide more concrete information and direct you to the professional near you.

CPSDA Statement of Purpose
The Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) represents the vast majority of Advanced Practice Registered Dietitians in the United States who work full-time with athletes in colleges, professional sports, Olympic training centers, the U.S. Military and in law enforcement.  CPSDA’s member-driven national not-for-profit organization speaks with one voice on behalf of America’s leading Sports RDs and is founded on the fundamental “food first” principle that “whole foods are the best fuel,” and that athletic programs operating at every level of competition will best serve their athletes when employing the full-time services of CPSDA-member Sports RDs.  Beyond the improved performance outcomes expected from more efficient recovery when employing the services of a Sports RD, most anti-doping experts agree that the key to minimizing “doping” is to offer effective alternatives, one of the best of which is to employ Sports RDs to manage the full range of foods and permissible dietary supplements for the athletic program.  CPSDA contends that the cost of adding the services of a full-time on-site Sports RD is offset by more efficient management of feeding and dietary supplementation, with the added measurable benefit of helping athletic programs recruit and/or retain the services of athletes.  The CPSDA is dedicated to providing Continuing Education programs to keep Sports RDs apprised of new developments in our rapidly-evolving global food and dietary supplement supply; developing new education programs to prepare Associate and Student CPSDA members to become reliable and responsible Sports RDs; and to partner with education-based organizations like the National Center for Drug Free Sport to restore and advance our firm belief that a varied balance of healthy whole foods is the optimal method of fueling athletic performance.                
---CPSDA Board of Directors, July 6, 2011

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