NSF International (Michigan), a global public health and safety organization, released its newly designed Certified for Sport app and website to help protect athletes and consumers from potentially harmful ingredients and athletic banned substances in dietary supplements. The app features enhanced search capabilities, side-by-side product comparisons and a UPC barcode scanner to find Certified for Sport supplements tested on a lot-by-lot basis for over 270 athletic banned substances.
“Elite and professional athletes often work with dietitians and trainers to avoid supplements that might result in suspension from competition, but consumers also have very good reason to choose supplements with care,” said Brian Jordan, technical manager of NSF’s Certified for Sport program. Researchers at NSF International and Harvard Medical School said they recently found potentially harmful stimulants and other illegal dietary ingredients in six untested supplement products.
NSF International’s Certified for Sport program and the new app help athletes and consumers make more informed decisions when choosing supplements. MLB, NHL and CFL clubs are permitted to only provide and recommend products that are Certified for Sport, and players are urged to only use these products. The Certified for Sport certification is also recommended by the NFL, PGA, LPGA, CCES, CPSDA and Taylor Hooton Foundation as well as many other sports organizations.
“In a sport where our athletes are subject to stringent drug testing protocols and penalties, it is crucial that our athletes are aware of the risks of the dietary supplement industry and educated on how to make informed decisions about the products they choose to consume,” said Jon Coyles, vice president of drug, health and safety programs at Major League Baseball. “Through the support of NSF International’s dedicated expert personnel, MLB and MLBPA have developed a system where MLB players and club personnel know that NSF’s Certified for Sport products are the only products they should use to avoid the risk of a positive test result. MLB and MLBPA recognize NSF International as the gold standard in supplement certification, and continue to be impressed by NSF’s constant growth and improvements of its program.”
The newly designed Certified for Sport app provides the functionality to browse the certified products library by name, supplement type and goal. In addition, users can mark their favorite products and receive up-to-date listings and updates through push notifications.
For more information, visit www.nsfsport.com.