Drug and Supplement Testing in Sports

Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM is managing principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting group that assists companies and organizations in need of targeted expertise in exercise science and sports nutrition. SSI’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Dr. Murray is also the Aegis Shield Scientific Director for the Aegis Sciences Corporation. Aegis Shield is an educational resource (website and mobile app) that helps keep athletes clean and in the game by identifying banned substances in dietary supplements.

Dr. Murray was the co-founder of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and its director from 1985 to 2008. Dr. Murray’s research on the hydration needs of athletes and the physiological and performance responses to fluid, carbohydrate, and electrolyte ingestion contributed to the broader understanding of the importance of being well hydrated during exercise and of the role that carbohydrates and electrolytes play in helping athletes and nonathletes alike get the most out of their bodies during physical activity.

Bob served on the faculties of Boise State University (1980-1985; Associate Professor), Ohio State University (1979-1980; Lecturer), and Oswego State University (1974-1977; Assistant Professor and Men’s Swimming & Diving Coach). Bob received his PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University, is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an honorary member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In this podcast you will learn:

1. Who Aegis Shield is and the type of testing they offer?
2. Bob’s role with Aegis Shield.
3. Aegis’ new phone app that helps athletes detect banned substances in supplements.
4. Bob’s concerns with high school athletes taking supplements.
5. Product adulteration.
6. Common supplements that test positive for banned substances.
7. Aegis’ new 3rd party testing program.
8. What separates Aegis from other 3rd party testing companies.
9. The supplement testing business in 10 years.
10. Micro-dosing of Performance Enhancing Drugs and testing protocols to detect it.
11. Aegis’ partnership with the Taylor Hooton Foundation.

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  • Jay Short

    Another great podcast and it’s great to hear from an alum of The Ohio State University! Mr. Murray does a wonderful job explaining the benefits that Aegis Shield will provide for athletes in ensuring that if they need to take a supplement, that it is safe for them. I personally have the phone app and it’s incredibly useful being able to scan a product and right away get a breakdown of it. I’m very happy to hear that they will also begin testing products themselves to make sure the products haven’t been altered with. For me, that was the missing component of the phone app so I’m very excited to see this unfold.

    • Chrissy Cooper

      Agreed! This is such a handy app that can be used for not only athletes, but coaches, Registered Dietitians, parents, athletic trainers, and anyone who wants to make sure they’re taking safe products. As I continue to learn more about supplements, this will be a great tool to help expand my knowledge.

  • Jay Short

    Another great podcast and it’s great to hear from an alum of The Ohio State University! Mr. Murray does a wonderful job explaining the benefits that Aegis Shield will provide for athletes in ensuring that if they need to take a supplement, that it is safe for them. I personally have the phone app and it’s incredibly useful being able to scan a product and right away get a breakdown of it. I’m very happy to hear that they will also begin testing products themselves to make sure the products haven’t been altered with. For me, that was the missing component of the phone app so I’m very excited to see this unfold.

    • Chrissy Cooper

      Agreed! This is such a handy app that can be used for not only athletes, but coaches, Registered Dietitians, parents, athletic trainers, and anyone who wants to make sure they’re taking safe products. As I continue to learn more about supplements, this will be a great tool to help expand my knowledge.

  • Dan Preiato

    Very informative podcast on Aegis Shield and drug/supplement testing which is a hot topic in athletics these days. The Aegis Shield app is very easy to use and provides athletes, coaches, and parents with readily available information on the safety of dietary supplements and over-the-counter products. This not only useful for athletes who are drug tested, but also for the general supplement user that wants to ensure that the supplement they are consuming is safe. A real advancement in the area of supplement safety.

  • Dan Preiato

    Very informative podcast on Aegis Shield and drug/supplement testing which is a hot topic in athletics these days. The Aegis Shield app is very easy to use and provides athletes, coaches, and parents with readily available information on the safety of dietary supplements and over-the-counter products. This not only useful for athletes who are drug tested, but also for the general supplement user that wants to ensure that the supplement they are consuming is safe. A real advancement in the area of supplement safety.

  • Katie Pawelczyk

    An enlightening and explanatory podcast on Aegis Shield and drug/supplement testing that highlights the simplicity and benefits of the Aegis Shield application for every day use. Many athletes need guidance regarding dietary supplements and are lacking the resources and expertise to navigate the supplement industry, leaving them at the mercy of the supplement company’s marketing strategy. Aegis Shield is a beneficial app that serves as a reliable, affordable, and portable resource for not only drug tested athletes, but coaches, parents, trainers, dietitians, students, and others wanting to ensure the supplement they are consuming is safe. Fantastic podcast (and app) – I would highly recommend it.

  • Katie Pawelczyk

    An enlightening and explanatory podcast on Aegis Shield and drug/supplement testing that highlights the simplicity and benefits of the Aegis Shield application for every day use. Many athletes need guidance regarding dietary supplements and are lacking the resources and expertise to navigate the supplement industry, leaving them at the mercy of the supplement company’s marketing strategy. Aegis Shield is a beneficial app that serves as a reliable, affordable, and portable resource for not only drug tested athletes, but coaches, parents, trainers, dietitians, students, and others wanting to ensure the supplement they are consuming is safe. Fantastic podcast (and app) – I would highly recommend it.

  • Lisa Hansen

    Finally, straightforward information and step by step instructions in an easy to comprehend manner- all in one place! This podcast is informative for not only athletes but coaches, parents, and even the everyday consumer. The supplement industry can be a scary and intimidating place but Aegis Shield helps to ease the confusion. This app is vital to anyone searching for useful supplement information, thanks for the resource!

  • Lisa Hansen

    Finally, straightforward information and step by step instructions in an easy to comprehend manner- all in one place! This podcast is informative for not only athletes but coaches, parents, and even the everyday consumer. The supplement industry can be a scary and intimidating place but Aegis Shield helps to ease the confusion. This app is vital to anyone searching for useful supplement information, thanks for the resource!

  • Lisa Stollman

    An excellent podcast and app that will prove to be a tremendous resource to not only athletes, but also the coaches and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who work along with them to help them excel. It’s so great to have an app that can show athletes which supplement are safe and which should be left on the shelf. Will definitely recommend to my clients!

  • Lisa Stollman

    An excellent podcast and app that will prove to be a tremendous resource to not only athletes, but also the coaches and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists who work along with them to help them excel. It’s so great to have an app that can show athletes which supplement are safe and which should be left on the shelf. Will definitely recommend to my clients!