Preconference: Sports Nutrition

Power Eating for Performance

Faculty: Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN

Tuesday, June 10th



Learning Objectives

11:00AM - 12:00PM Registration    
12:00PM - 12:10PM


  • The state of the science and practice
    • Research methodology
    • anecdotal evidence
    • traditional/historical uses and documentation
    • Where the rubber meets the road: putting research into practice
  1. Discuss the limitations of dietary science methodology
  2. Describe additional methods of understanding the function of foods and supplements
  3. Outline the nature of the clinical or practical application of the science into everyday active and competitive situations
12:10PM - 12:50PM

Fueling for Performance

  • hydration and sports drinks
  • protein
  • carb
  • fat
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  1. Review evidence for the function of hydration and hydration beverages relative to sports performance, health and safety.
  2. Review evidence for the macro- and micronutrients relative to sports performance, health and safety.
  3. Review evidence for the macro- and micronutrients relative to mental performance, focus, energy and mood.
  4. Discuss popular performance-enhancement diet strategies relative to evidence-based strategies
12:50PM - 1:30PM

Recovery Nutrition

  • before, during and after training
    • hydration and sports drinks
    • protein
    • carb
    • fat
    • vitamins
    • minerals
  • competition and tournament day nutrition
    • hydration and sports drinks
    • protein
    • carb
    • fat
    • vitamins
    • minerals
  1. Discuss the evidence supporting specific guidelines for timing and combining of macronutrients and micronutrients around exercise.
  2. Translate the science of recovery nutrition into practical application and planning of foods, beverages and snacks during training
  3. Create strategies for foods, beverages and snacks for competition day nutrition relative to the science as well as the individual needs of the athlete.
1:30PM - 1:45PM Question & Answer    
2:00PM - 2:30PM

Body Composition Management

  • fat loss and muscle gain
  • foods and menus
  1. Discuss the evidence for various dietary strategies based on sport, gender, and competition cycle
  2. Describe a paradigm that supports physical and mental performance enhancement rather than simply weight loss
  3. Review timing and combining of macro- and micronutrients in the form of foods to create appealing and practical menus.
  4. Address individual limitations relative to food likes and dislikes, food sensitivities and allergies.
2:30PM - 3:00PM

Nutritional Rehab

  • inflammation and injury
  • food allergies and sensitivities
  • illness
  • overtraining
  • disordered eating


  1. Discuss the research regarding antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich foods
  2. Discuss the research regarding pro-inflammatory foods
  3. Describe categories of food allergies and sensitivities (gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, etc.) and strategies for elimination diets
  4. Outline nutritional strategies to support athletes and active individuals after illness or injury
  5. Describe nutritional strategies to avoid overtraining syndrome and support recovery.
  6. Discuss referral strategies for disordered eating
3:00PM - 3:40PM

Supplements & Functional Foods

  • Functional Foods
  • how to choose a supplement
  • supplements that work
    • proteins
    • carbs
    • fats
    • meal replacements
    • vitamins and minerals
  • sports-specific/functionally specific
    • energy
    • body composition
    • strength and power
    • endurance
    • mental
  • botanicals
  1. Review the general definitions of functional foods, supplements and botanicals
  2. Discuss the evidence available for each category and specific products
  3. Describe effective supplementation strategies supported by evidence
  4. Identify the priorities for choosing a supplement and a brand.
3:40PM - 3:55PM Question & Answer    
4:10PM - 4:45PM

Foods and menus

  • strength and power
  • endurance
  • cross training


  1. Learn the basic principles of menu design for athletic performance
  2. Review nutrient timing and combining strategies translated into food
  3. Recognize the importance of convenience in the practical application of the scientific data.
  4. Discuss tips for planning, shopping, cooking and eating at home, on the road, around exercise and on game days.
4:45PM - 5:00PM Question & Answer