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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Jun;48(6):419-424.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.03.002. Epub 2016 Apr 6.

Developing a Performance Nutrition Curriculum for Collegiate Athletics.

Author information

1
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. Electronic address: rparks@uwhealth.org.
2
Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
3
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
4
Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Division of Sports Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for developing a sports nutrition education program in a collegiate athletic department. A review of literature on student-athlete nutrition behaviors is combined with practical suggestions from personnel who wrote a sports nutrition curriculum at a large Midwestern university. There are 2 primary implications for practice. First, maintaining a written curriculum and conducting periodic evaluation are fundamental aspects of sports nutrition education programs. Second, better documentation of program outcomes is needed to establish best practices in collegiate sports nutrition education and demonstrate the value of full-time sports registered dietitians.

KEYWORDS:

athletic performance; curriculum; health education; program evaluation; sports

PMID:
27062229
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2016.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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