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June 2018
Managing Sports Nutrition without a Registered Dietitian
By: Lauren Link, RD, CSSD
As the field of sports nutrition has evolved, and research shows the importance of optimized nutrition for athletic performance, more and more athletic programs have recognized the important role that a Registered Dietitian (RD) can play on the Sports Medicine/Sports Performance team.
Q 1. I have athletes asking about the keto diet – is it an appropriate diet to follow?

A 1. That’s a big question, with a big answer, but in a nutshell: the keto diet is well-documented to have positive effects in certain populations, like epileptics and patients with certain kinds of brain cancers. However, there is no solid research at this point in time to show that it positively affects performance. While it will certainly promote weight loss, generally people will see immediate weight regain when they reintroduce carbohydrates. Additionally, true keto requires extremely strict adherence and is oftentimes not realistic for athletes who are traveling and on the go. If they want to pursue this diet they should only do so with the help of a dietitian.

Q 2. What’s the best approach nutritionally to manage soreness with athletes?

A 2. Managing soreness is something that the whole sports performance team should tackle together, as the importance of warming up, cooling down, and other routines like rolling out, stretching, ice baths and Normatec cannot be overlooked. From a nutrition standpoint, hydration is an important contributor to managing soreness, as is regularly including foods high in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. If your athlete is struggling with prolonged muscle soreness, you might try adding something like tart cherry juice to their routine.

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