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Athletes Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS)

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A drug prevention and health promotion program that deters substance use among high school adolescents in school sponsored athletics by educating youth on the harms of anabolic steroids, alcohol, and other drug use and by promoting sports nutrition and exercise.

Initial Training and Technical Assistance

ATLAS is comprised of sport team centered, gender specific programs designed to improve health and reduce the use of performance enhancing drugs (steroids) and supplements, other illicit drugs, and alcohol among young athletes. The programs are implemented by coaches during practice time.

On-site 5-hour training costs $1,000 per trainer (up to 2 trainers) for up to 100 participants plus trainer travel expenses. Each participant will need a training workbook at a cost of $5.50 per participant. Also included are coach and squad leader training videos with the purchase of the Coach Manual, as teaching instruments for those schools that do not receive the on-site training.

Curriculum and Materials

Coach Manual - $280.00
Includes background information, coach and squad leader training DVD's and the 10 session curriculum guide (ATLAS). The package also includes one Team Workbook and an Athletes Guide. One Coach Manual is needed per team. (Coaches can share manuals if they are implementing the programs at different times.)

Squad Leader Manual - $11.00
Includes one Squad Leader Eight Session Curriculum Guide and one Athletes Guide. There should be one Squad Leader for every five athletes on each team.

Athlete Package - $11.00
Includes one Team Workbook and one Athletes Guide. Each student who is not a Squad Leader should have an Athlete Package.

Shipping and Handling - 5%
This charge applies to the subtotal of materials purchased.



Other Start-Up Costs


Ongoing Curriculum and Materials

The Coach Manuals can be used each year and do not have to be replaced. It will be $11 for each student athlete that participates in the program plus 5% shipping and handling charge.


Coaches are the primary implementers of the program and the program is incorporated into practice time during the sport season.

Ratios: One coach per team and one Squad Leader needs to be assigned for every five athletes.

Time to Deliver Intervention: The team will meet for 45 minutes, once a week for 10 weeks.

Other Implementation Costs


Ongoing Training and Technical Assistance

The ATLAS staff is available to provide free assistance via email or phone.

Fidelity Monitoring and Evaluation

Time of staff person designated as liaison to monitor and support staff in implementing sessions with fidelity to the model.

Ongoing License Fees

None at this time.


Year One Cost Example

If a school district were to implement ATLAS in 3 schools with 5 coaches and 100 athletes per school, the following year one costs can be anticipated. On-site training (bring all coaches and squad leaders from all 3 schools) approximately $1,500-$3,500 (depends on number of trainers and training location).

Coaches Manuals - 15 @ $280/each
Squad Leader Packages - 60 @ $11/each
Athlete Packages - $240 @ 11/each
Shipping and Handling - 5%

Total Year One Cost

For 300 students in three schools, the unit cost would be $37.92 per student.