Many of you have carved out your private practice niche – essential when it comes to building your core client base. For those of you who practice sports nutrition, or for those who are sports nutrition-curious, we’re sharing a few resources with you that might be helpful.
First, think about what draws you to this practice area, and what type of athletes you’d like to work with. Are they beginner athletes? Professional athletes looking to improve their performance? Dancers? Runners? Endurance athletes? According to Rachel Fine, MS RDN CSSD CDN and owner of To the Pointe Nutrition, “Don’t be afraid to carve out your own niche – you never know where it might take you!”
RDN Peers and Colleagues: Talk with other sports dietitians! A few Healthy Bytes clients who focus on sports nutrition include Robyn Kievit, Chelsea Hoover and Rachel Fine. Read their stories to find out how they got started in sports nutrition.
Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN): This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietetic Practice Group aims to “…optimize the nation’s health by providing exceptional nutrition care in sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness, and disordered eating and eating disorders.” Membership of the largest Academy DPG provides you with access to their blog, a forum, receipt of the SCAN Connection and more. SCAN provides a list of Sports Nutrition Professional Resources on its website, in addition to a list of books, research papers and professional organizations. Dietitian Judy Simon with Mind Body Nutrition and Jenna Braddock of Make Healthy Easy rely on the new SCAN practice manual.
Recommendations from RDNs
Michelle Loy with Go Wellness suggests: “The SCAN Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals is great for up-to-date recommendations for specific groups as well as different types of athletes. I use the SCAN Sports Nutrition Fact sheets with clients. I've also viewed some of the webinars available through SCAN's e-Library. In addition, I like the resources from CPSDA (fact sheets, webinars, infographics), plus the TEAM USA USOC Athlete Plates and Fact Sheets. The plates are great visuals for athletes, especially younger ones I've worked with. Lastly, I suggest the evidence-based visual infographics from Asker Jeukendrup.”
Julie Stefanski with Stefanski Nutrition Services notes: “When the company I work for updated our in-depth sports nutrition CEU course last year I relied on those resources. The textbook, Practical Applications in Sports Nutrition, is great for someone just starting out in sports nutrition.”
Geneviève Masson with Gourmet Hiking, shares: “Clinical Sports Nutrition is my go-to for almost any question I have. It is based on the latest scientific findings and quotes all references. The content is incredible! The main author, Louise Burke, is a world-leading researcher in sports nutrition and a practitioner, which is not that common. To have met her in person a few times, I can say that she is very efficient in her work and super sharp. Highly recommend this book!”
Kelly Jones with Kelly Jones Nutrition notes: “I follow certain researchers on social to read their science- based blog posts, see their Infographs, and stay up to date on the research they’re conducting and sharing: Asker Jeukendrup (studies carbohydrates for activity), Stuart Phillips, (expert in protein), Yann Le Meur (performance and recovery). While individual studies don’t give us the big picture, these individuals are internationally recognized subject matter experts whose opinions I trust and who can provide insight into the next hot sports nutrition topics.”
What sports nutrition resources would you add to this list?