Anabolic Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugs — Body Busters, Not Builders - AT320

Anabolic Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Drugs — Body Busters, Not Builders

by Jennifer L. Gibson, PharmD
(4.3 / 135 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Athletic Training (1.00 hours)

Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50


Once viewed as a problem only associated with body builders, Olympians, and professional athletes, performance-enhancing drug abuse is no longer confined to these groups. In addition to those taking these drugs for sports, larger numbers of young people are turning to performance-enhancing drugs (e.g., methyltestosterone, androstenedione, HGH, stimulants) to improve their appearance. Well-informed healthcare professionals can help teens avoid making the wrong choices by providing guidance to those at risk and to their parents.


The goal of this continuing education module is to educate nurses, dietitians, fitness professionals, athletic trainers, health educators, pharmacists, and physical therapists on the prevalence, effects, and dangers of anabolic steroid and other performance-enhancing drug (PED) use among adolescents and to identify personal and socio-environmental factors associated with use of these substances. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Classify PEDs
  • Identify the physical and psychological effects of anabolic steroids and other PED use in different age groups and genders and discern anabolic steroids from glucocorticoids
  • Discuss the mechanisms of action of PEDs
  • Describe the pressures teenagers face regarding performance-enhancing drug use

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, fitness professionals, athletic trainers, health educators, pharmacists and physical therapists.
Athletic trainers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers (provider #P1000). This program has been approved for a maximum of 1 hour of Category A continuing education. Difficulty level: essential
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Athletic Training (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/25/2003
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/21/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Kyle W - Tampa, FL  ·  May 01, 2020
Very informative despite only counting as 1 CEU. Was able to clearly define each performance enhancing drug thoroughly while still remaining concise.
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REBECCA D - Hendersonville, NC  ·  Dec 02, 2019
Quick, but educational article to help recognize symptoms of PED use. I also feel confident to have a discussion with a student-athlete who I suspect is using them.
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Lisa F - Oregon, WI  ·  Nov 20, 2019
interesting information and example scenerios
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Ryan S - Huffman, TX  ·  Sep 20, 2019
The course was informal. I enjoyed the content
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Michael B - Hamlin , PA  ·  Sep 19, 2019
Very informative and the layout was easy to follow and compare different PED's that were being discussed.
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Price: $29.00
CE-PRO Price: $14.50