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Introduction to Sports Nutrition Lecture


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Introduction to Sports Nutrition Lecture

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO SPORTSNUTRITION Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D., L.D. Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Spring 2012
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES Define the term sports nutrition. Identify the roles and responsibilities of sports dietitians. Outline the requirements for becoming a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. Identify additional credentials or degrees beneficial for RD’s working with athletes. List important factors to consider in providing individualized sports nutrition counseling.
  3. 3. WHAT IS SPORTS NUTRITION? Nutrition science + exercise science Aim to optimize physical performance via:  Adequate calories to fuel activity  Adequate nutrients for tissue building and repair  Appropriate food and fluid choices  Timing of food and fluid intake
  4. 4. WHO CAN BENEFIT? Active individuals Recreational athletes Elite athletes Coaches/trainers Parents of young athletes
  5. 5. WHAT DO SPORTS RD’S DO? Provide nutrition assessment, intervention, monitoring, & evaluation Provide nutrition education on food choices & preparation Identify nutritional issues that affect performance Develop menu plans for pre & post training Stay abreast of current research
  6. 6. WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES?  Personalize nutrition strategies  Advise on use, safety, & legality of dietary supplements & sports foods  Develop nutrition strategies to prevent fatigue & illness, while promoting recovery  Identify disordered eating patterns in athletes  Work with coaches & trainers
  7. 7. WHAT FACTORS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED? Health & medical history Energy & substrate utilization of the sport Understand training & competition schedules Social environment – living conditions, travel schedule, budget What is practical for the athlete What are the athletes goals, questions, concerns
  8. 8. WHAT IS A CSSD? Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics  2 years experience as RD  1500 hours experiences  Pass CSSD exam  Must maintain RD status  nutrition/sports-nutrition-who-delivers/ Completing a specialty exam will meet 75 CEU’s
  9. 9. WHAT IS SCAN? Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group  Sub units  SportsNutrition  Cardiovascular/Wellness  Disordered eating > 5000 members
  10. 10. WHAT OTHER CREDENTIALS OR DEGREES? Public Health or Health Education Exercise Science Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)   American Council on Exercise (ACE) 
  11. 11. REFERENCESFink HH, Burgoon LA, Mikesky AE, eds. Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2006.Nutrition and athletic performance - Position of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109:509-527. Accessed December 1, 2011 from:, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association. 2010. Accessed December 1, 2011 from: