The following documents are the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute Network’s (COPSIN) ‘Position Statement on Dietary Supplementation in Canadian Sport’ and the ‘Operational Best Practices for Dietary Supplementation in Canadian Sport.’ Under the technical direction of Own the Podium, a National Supplement Advisory Group (NSAG) was convened to address sport supplement use in Canada and specifically address gaps in the Canadian high performance sport system highlighted in the McLaren Report (2019). The NSAG consisted of sport scientists, primarily from COPSIN, including representatives from the field of medicine, nutrition, psychology and exercise physiology, in addition to senior administrators from national sport partners.
The Position Statement provides clarity and concise messaging on key aspects of supplementation in high-performance sport. The Operational Best Practices (OBP) outlines the implementation of the Position Statement by the COPSIN, in adherence to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) requirement for minimization of risk of supplements. The focus of the OBP is on communicating standards of practice for athletes, coaches, National Sport Organizations (NSOs), Multi-Sport Service Organizations (MSOs), and Integrated Support Teams (IST’s). Specifically, it outlines best practices and protocols for assessment, recommendation, procurement and/or deployment of all Dietary Supplements.
For more information, please reach out to your CSCM Sport Dietitian.