Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Lara Gray, MS, RDN, CSSD

Drug Free Sport International

Lara Gray, MS, RDN, CSSD is a board certified sports dietitian at the National Center for Drug Free Sport where she specializes in educational programming for athletes on supplement safety, sports nutrition, athlete-focused recipes, and drug and alcohol deterrence.  A former collegiate sports dietitian, Lara’s interactions with student-athletes, and collaborative work with athletic training and coaching staff introduced many of the challenges associated with promoting whole foods over supplements. Drug Free Sport’s involvement in sport drug-testing keeps her on the forefront of ongoing concerns related to supplement use and the lack of awareness for food-first solutions in sport. Lara manages communications with athletes, parents, and coaches where perceptions of “acceptable” supplement use, and needed education on supplement safety and sports nutrition solutions overlap. Lara’s professional experiences have built a strong foundation and first-hand familiarity with the need for direct and practical food solutions to reinforce positive behavior change in athletes.