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Bridging the Performance Gap: Interdisciplinary Collaboration With Sports Dietitians

Potter, Shelby MS, RDN, LDN1; Boyd, Joni M. PhD, CSCS

Strength and Conditioning Journal: August 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 4–9
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000296
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ABSTRACT ATHLETES AND COACHES ARE AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ADEQUATE NUTRITION FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE; HOWEVER, MOST LACK ADEQUATE NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE. ATHLETES EXPRESS INTEREST IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT NUTRITION FOR PERFORMANCE BUT CONSISTENTLY CONSULT SOURCES WITH LITTLE NUTRITION KNOWLEDGE. SPORTS DIETITIANS CAN ASSIST ATHLETES IN MEETING NUTRITION NEEDS BUT ARE OFTEN UNDERUTILIZED FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE. THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE CURRENT NEEDS OF ATHLETES, DIFFERENCES IN NUTRITION TITLES, CURRENT STATE OF SPORTS DIETITIANS, AND THE BENEFIT OF USING A SPORTS DIETITIAN.

1Food and Nutrition Services, Wilson Medical Center, Wilson, North Carolina; and

2Department of Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Address correspondence to Dr. Joni M. Boyd, boydj@winthrop.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and source of funding.

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Shelby Potteris a clinical dietitian at Wilson Medical Center.

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Joni M. Boydis an assistant professor for Exercise Science in the Department of Physical Education, Sport, & Human Performance at Winthrop University.

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