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Supplements Are Risky For Athletes Part 3

No regulatory body approves the accuracy of the label or safety of the contents of supplements before they are sold to consumers. If athletes choose to use supplements despite these known risks, it is recommended that athletes use only dietary supplements that have been certified by a third-party program. NSF Certified for Sport® is the program used to certify supplements to reduce the risk. For athletes subject to anti-doping rules, it’s important to know if a supplement is high quality and free from prohibited substances BEFORE use. A third-party certification program that tests for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is an important risk-reduction step for athletes.

Athletes are responsible for anything that goes into their body. Using an NSF Certified for Sport® product significantly reduces, but does not necessarily eliminate, the chance of testing positive. Under the rules, if an athlete tests positive and establishes the source as a contaminated NSF Certified for Sport® product, the athlete could get a much-reduced sanction, but there would still be a consequence.

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