Nutrition

Buyer Beware! Dietary Supplements, Student-athlete Eligibility and Health

A growing number of student-athletes lose eligibility and are suspended from their sport because they tested positive for an NCAA banned drug after consuming a dietary supplement that contained the banned drug. Many student-athletes (and some staff) erroneously believe that if a supplement product is legal, or obtained from a “health food store” or other retailer, that the product must be okay to consume. Research tells us otherwise: Olympic testing and other quality control testing of over-the-counter supplement products identified that between 15-25 percent of products contained a banned...

Nutrition, Sleep and Performance Educational Resources

The NCAA Sport Science Institute is a leader in providing health and safety resources to college athletes, coaches, athletics administrators and campus partners. Together with leading medical organizations, behavioral health centers and...

Food for Thought

Last year, when the NCAA relaxed the regulations schools must follow to feed their college athletes, sports dietitians took on a whole new level of importance. Now, their numbers are growing even faster on campuses – and so is their influence.

Defining and Timing Healthy Snacks

Collegiate athletes have higher energy needs than nonathletic peers, making it harder to consume their required daily calories through a typical three-meals-per-day structure. This places importance on snacks as a strategy for obtaining additional nutritious foods.

The Female Athlete Body Project

Female Athletes are a special population of college women, and special attention is required to inform them of the proper nutritional needs of their athletic bodies.

Disordered Eating in Student-Athletes: Understanding the Basics and What We Can Do About It

What is Disordered Eating and How Often Does It Occur in Sport? Disordered eating encompasses a wide range of problematic eating attitudes, behaviors and body image distortions that adversely impact physical and psychological health...

Maintaining Weight While Staying Competitive

An athlete’s diet should be designed to support training and properly fuel performance, as well as support individual body composition goals, whether to maintain weight, increase muscle mass or decrease body fat. Weight maintenance is a...

Nutrition and the Injured Athlete

Injuries are often an unavoidable aspect of participation in physical activity. Nutrition may not be able to prevent injuries related to overuse or improper training; however, nutrition can play a role in how fast a student-athlete...

Fueling for Performance: How proper timing of meals affects both sport and academic performance

Nutrition is critical for both academic and sports performance. A diet that is adequate in carbohydrate, protein, healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, and fluid is the foundation of day-to-day eating for overall health. As important as what to...

Fueling the extra mile: Proper nutrition for endurance athletes

Student athletes participating in endurance activities require year-round training and a nutritional plan to match. As the training cycle transitions through the various phases — preparation, pre-race, race, and active recovery — so does...

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