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Resources - Nutrition Guide

Bottom Line

Nutrition plays a critical role in athletic performance, and athletes, coaches, and parents need to realize that making wise food choices can increase the chances of optimal athletic performance. It is easy for athletes to fall prey to nutrition misinformation and fad diets in the search for a quick fix to improve performance.

It is imperative that athletes stay current on accurate nutrition issues as they are ever-changing. By making informed food choices, athletes will have an advantage over those who choose to ignore the role that food plays in human performance.

Additional Resources

www.acsm.org American College of Sports Medicine
www.eatright.org Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.USADA.org/supplement-connect/ USADA’s Supplement Connect
www.fda.gov/food U.S. Food and Drug Administration
www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/ FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
www.usda.gov/cnpp Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015
www.nutrition.gov National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture
www.health.gov/nhic National Health Information Center – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
www.scandpg.org Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition, a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
www.sportsrd.org Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA)

Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals. 6th ed., Chicago: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 6th Edition. 2017.


A very special thanks to TrueSport Expert Kristen Ziesmer, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, as well as past contributors Mackenzie White, MS, RD CSSD, LD, CSCS; Jacqueline R. Berning, PhD, RD, CSSD; and Alicia Kendig Glass, MS, RD, CSSD, for providing the content for this publication

Note: The content of this publication is provided for informational purposes only and is subject to change. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Individuals should always seek advice from a qualified health professional.

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Read the full Nutrition Guide and learn more about how to get peak performance with optimal nutrition.

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