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Frequently Asked Questions by Athletes: “How Bad Is It?”

Rosenbloom, Christine PhD, RD, CSSD; Ballard, Carolyn L. BS

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e31826c50f5
Sports Nutrition Column

Athletes know that good nutrition is important to sports performance, but they often get their advice from family, friends, coaches, and the Internet, and the advice is not always accurate. Listening to athlete’s questions is educational and presents an opportunity to help steer them in a direction that encourages them to make better choices when choosing foods and fluids to fuel training and competition. Helping college athletes understand that the food and fluid choices they make influences their performance in sport, as well as in the classroom. The challenge in nutrition education is helping athletes to understand that healthful choices can be made, whether it is eating fast foods or consuming caffeine-containing beverages. The answer to their most frequently asked questions is “it depends.”

A lot of sound advice for those questions athletes often ask about what’s in and what’s out in terms of eating to enhance performance

Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, is professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University, Atlanta. She currently serves as the sports dietitian for Georgia State athletes and runs a consulting business, Chris Rosenbloom Food and Nutrition Services, LLC. She is editor-in-chief of the fifth edition of Sports Nutrition: A Manual for Professionals, published by the American Dietetic Association.

Carolyn L. Ballard, BS, is a graduate student in nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She serves as the graduate assistant for Georgia State athletes. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia.

Dr Rosenbloom has done contractual work with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Dr Ballard has no conflicts of interest to declare.

Correspondence: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, 179 Honeysuckle Ln, Hartwell, GA 30643 (

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