Sports Nutrition: Applying the Science

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Research in nutrition and athletic performance has flourished in the past few decades, but applying the research to improve athletic performance is a challenge. Nutrition professionals need to have a solid understanding of energy demands. However, knowledge of medical nutrition therapy is also critical to helping athletes with medical conditions that can affect performance. Cultural, ethnic, and religious practices of athletes must also be considered to develop a realistic nutrition intervention. This article, using the framework of the American Dietetic Association’s Nutrition Care Process and Model, will review 3 case studies: a Muslim athlete who fasts for Ramadan, an athlete with Crohn disease, and an athlete with body image disturbance.

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Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, an associate dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences and a professor in the Division of Nutrition at Georgia State University, is the sports dietitian for the Georgia State University athletic teams. She conducts research on sports nutrition and nutrition and aging. She is past chair of the American Dietetic Association’s Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists dietetics practice group. She recently earned the Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics through the credentialing agency of the American Dietetic Association.

Correspondence: Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSD, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia State University, PO Box 3995, Atlanta, GA 30302-3995 (

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