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ACSM, Top Nutrition Organizations Release Revised Sports Nutrition Position Stand

From March 1: Nutrition-related factors influence athletic performance, and registered dietitian nutritionists who also are certified specialists in sports dietetics are the best-qualified professionals to assist active adults and competitive athletes, according to a revised position paper from the American College of Sports Medicine, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and the Dietitians of Canada (DC).

The position paper outlines ACSM’s, the AND’s and DC’s stance on nutrition factors that have been determined to influence athletic performance and that are emerging trends in the field of sports nutrition. "Athletes should be referred to a registered dietitian nutritionist for a personalized nutrition plan,” according to the paper.

Significant points of the position paper include:
  • Calorie, nutrient and fluid recommendations for active adults and competitive athletes vary before, during and after sporting activities;
  • New perspectives on sports nutrition include individualized recommendations that accommodate the unique issues of individual athletes regarding health, nutrient needs, performance goals, physical characteristics (body size, shape, growth and composition) and food preferences;
  • Optimal health and athletic performance may be affected by appropriate type, amount and timing of food, fluid and supplement choices across different scenarios of training and competitive sports.
The position paper was written by Louise M. Burke, OAM, PhD, APD, FACSM (American College of Sports Medicine); D. Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics); and Kelly Anne Erdman, MSc, RD, CSSD (Dietitians of Canada). It is a revision of the position originally adopted by the three organizations in 2009. more

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