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ATLAS (Athletes Training & Learning to Avoid Steroids) is an award winning, scientifically proven program for male athletes. Its multiple components provide healthy sports nutrition and strength-training alternatives to the use of alcohol, illicit and performance-enhancing drugs. ATLAS is peer-led and gender specific. It is interactive, engaging and easy to implement by coaches during the sport season.

A coach and selected student athletes called “Squad Leaders” lead the program. The program materials are completely scripted and easy to follow. Little or no preparation is needed. There are 10 sessions for ATLAS. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Sessions are typically scheduled once per week during the season on a “light” practice day. Coaches facilitate the program, keep athletes on task, and introduce and wrap up student-led activities. Squad Leaders provide a majority of the instruction for their small group of teammates. Sessions include role-plays, student-created campaigns or public service announcements and instructional, interactive games. Athletes practice goal setting and self-monitoring of nutrition behaviors. Students learn attitudes and skills that will help them make healthy choices in sports and throughout their lives. Read more about ATLAS from the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) and NREPP (National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices).

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ATLAS Results

  • Decreased new alcohol & drug use
  • Reduced steroid use
  • Reduced supplement use
  • Fewer drinking and driving occurrences
  • Improved nutrition & exercise practices
  • Students believed they were better athletes
  • Greater ability to refuse drugs

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