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Performance Nutrition Update

One of the Gatorade stations for Duke athletes

Last month, I spent some time at Division I Duke University in North Carolina learning the latest in college sports, pro sports, and military performance nutrition. Check out some behind-the-scene photos of Duke Football. You’ll notice a strength record with the name Paul Asack on it. He is an amazing athlete I used to run track with in the summer (a long time ago… proud of you Paul!). Bonus: My dietitian colleagues from all over the U.S. and I completed a sweaty strength and conditioning workout on an indoor turf Duke Football practice field (see photos included in post).

What does a dietitian do for a sport or military performance team, you ask?

The role of a dietitian for a performance team:

 

Questions a dietitian may ask an athlete/performance team member:

Fun facts:

Did you know 74% of female D1 athletes did not meet the minimum recommendations for carbohydrates and 50% did not meet the minimum needs for protein in a 2013 study of 52 D1 athletes?

Dietitians can calculate your fluid needs, carbohydrate, fat and protein needs depending on your sport and your position in your sport (ex: pitchers need more calories than third basemen).

How are Traditional Sport (Athletes) similar and different to/than Tactical Athletes (Soldiers)?

There are many similarities and differences like regular access to food and fueling stations and variable access to food and sanitation. The biggest one is outcomes:

Win/Lose vs. Life/Death 

 

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