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May 2018
Creating an Unbreakable Sport Performance Team
By: Nicole Jontony, RD, LD, CSSD
With fractions of a second or inches of a play being the difference between wins and losses, it is no wonder athletes are turning to all aspects of sports science to find a winning edge. Multiple disciplines contribute to an athletes’ ultimate sport performance, including certified health practitioners, such as the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and Registered Dietitian (RD), and trained coaching staff including a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Each of these disciplines remain distinct in their expertise, yet, if they are coordinated in their care, they will build on an athlete’s training from all angles, ultimately resulting in injury prevention and improved performance outcomes.
Q 1. Is there a difference between the RD and RDN credential?

A 1. No there is not. RD stands for Registered Dietitian, and is the traditional credential used by dietitians. RDN stands for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and was added as an option for dietitians to utilize if they felt that it help clarify their role to their client base.

Q 2. What training do dietitians do to gain the RD/RDN credential?

A 2. Dietitians must receive a Bachelors degree in Dietetics or Nutrition Science, complete a year-long internship of supervised practice, and sit for a National Board exam to be able to use the RD credential. A Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) has completed an additional 1500 hours of supervised practice in sports dietetics and passed an additional Board exam.

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NASA Developed Hydration: The Right Stuff® Interview with Chris Jones, RD, University of Richmond
Chris Jones, Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Richmond, uses the Right Stuff as part of his department's pre-practice and pre-game ritual for the more than 400 student-atheltes that he works with. It is a key component of their plan to proactively hydrate athletes and replace the salt they use through sweating.
The Right Stuff®: NASA-developed, sugar-free, electrolyte, liquid-concentrate, drink additive for those who train and compete hard. It is better for fighting dehydration symptoms (like cramps), protecting the body from overheating AND increasing endurance more than any other NASA tested formula. Used by endurance athletes and High Schools, Colleges, Pro Teams across the US as well as first responders and industrial workers. NSF Certified for Sport