Expanding the Arena of Sport Nutrition: Optimizing Performance on Every Stage
By Elizabeth L. Abbey, Ph.D., RDN, CDN
Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) who specialize in working with athletes are an underutilized asset in many athletic populations and among physically demanding professions. To optimize patient/client health and performance, consider partnering with a sports RDN (especially one with the CSSD credential) for less “traditional” sports or groups (e.g., performing artists, first responders, high school athletes)
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A sports RDN can help active individuals of all levels and abilities achieve their performance and/or health goals. At the end of this article, you should be able to apply your knowledge to:
- Consider referring patients or clients who work in physically demanding professions or environments to a sports RDN even if they aren’t “traditional” athletes.
- Look for an RDN who has the Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) credential.
Key words: Dancers, First Responders, High School Athletes, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sports Nutrition