One of our primary goals at NextGear Nutrition is to help young athletes make safe and healthy choices when seeking to enhance athletic performance. 

Almost 2 million middle and high school kids admit to using steroids for appearance and performance. Listed below are resources you can use to help your young athlete(s) stay safe and healthy while performing their best.

Taylor Hooton Foundation

The Taylor Hooton Foundation (THF) was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003, after using anabolic steroids. Taylor’s parents, family, and friends founded the organization after learning of the growing number of middle school, high school, and college students illegally using and abusing anabolic steroids, HGH (Human Growth Hormone), unregulated dietary supplements, and other appearance and performance enhancing drugs (APEDs).

NSF Certified for Sport

Helps athletes and coaches concerned about banned substances in sports supplements, drinks, and nutrition products. The NSF Certified for Sport program certifies that what is on the label is actually found in the bottle or product. The NSF label is found on many products that pass their requirements and regulations as a safe and true product.

Drug Free Sport

The National Center for Drug Free Sport® (Drug Free Sport) is a company devoted to preventing drug abuse in athletics. As the premier provider of drug-use prevention services for athletic organizations, Drug Free Sport provides strategic alternatives to traditional drug-use prevention programs. More importantly, Drug Free Sport is a SPORT drug-use prevention company. Unlike traditional third-party drug-testing administration companies that conduct primarily workplace and insurance testing, Drug Free Sport works exclusively with sports organizations and their athletes.

US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is the national anti-doping organization (NADO) in the United States for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Parapan American sport. The organization is charged with managing the anti-doping program, including in-competition and out-of competition testing, results management processes, drug reference resources, and athlete education for all United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recognized sport national governing bodies, their athletes, and events. Additionally, USADA contributes to the advancement of clean sport through scientific research and education & outreach initiatives focused on awareness and prevention. provides information and support to people fighting substance abuse and addiction. Drugs and alcohol have ended athletic careers and lives, and they continue to do so today. Treatment for these issues has proven to be a key factor in an athlete’s recovery.

Supplement 411

USADA’s dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource has a great section called Supplement 411. You can even download their app on your phone or Ipad.

The site is an independent encyclopedia on supplementation and nutrition. They are not affiliated in any way with any supplement company and they have a team of health professionals analyzing the full body of research. They currently have over 41,000 references to scientific research.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

The NSCA is a world-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers, researchers, and educators. This site contains publications, education, events, and certifications for members.

National Athletic Training Association (NATA) 

The NATA is a professional membership for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. This site contains publications, education, events, and certifications for members.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

This is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. The ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

Tracy Owens

About Tracy Owens

Tracy Owens (MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN) is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She has worked in private practice, providing clinical and sports nutrition for over 20 years. Her two sons and two daughters have played AAU baseball, USSSA baseball, Legion baseball, Challenge, United, Premier, Elite and ECNL soccer at Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), USTA tennis, summer swim teams, and high school football, swimming, baseball and soccer. Two of her children played Division 1 soccer at North Carolina State University.

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