Sports Nutrition

What is Sports Nutrition?

Sports nutrition differs from regular nutrition because athletes require different amounts of nutrients compared to nonathletes. In order to perform optimally, you need to train hard and fuel your body appropriately. There is no substitute or supplement for a well-balanced diet. A healthy, energy-dense diet provides the body with the necessary energy to perform your best, while also preventing early fatigue and potential injury. Our Sports Nutrition program is specifically designed by sports medicine experts to meet the unique energy needs of adolescents and serious athletes. What is a Registered Dietitian? Registered Dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts that have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), as well as a supervised practice internship program. Registered dietitians have passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and are required to complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

What to Expect

Patients receive a one-on-one consultation with a registered dietitian, who provides an assessment of the patient’s current dietary intake and nutritional demands. One to two follow-up appointments are typically advised to ensure the patient is successfully meeting their sports nutrition-related goals. Our Board Certified Sports Dietitian is trained to tailor diets, identify unique nutrient needs and educate patients and families on methods to properly fuel for athletic competition and lifestyle.

What conditions are appropriate for Sports Nutrition?

Athletic Performance

  • Poor eating habits
  • Under-fueling for sports competition
  • Overweight athletes
  • Underweight athletes
  • Fatigue
  • Disordered eating in athletes
  • Sports supplement use

Medical Concerns

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Low bone mineral density
  • Nutrition relating to stress fractures
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • GI upset with exercise
  • Food allergies/intolerances
  • Athletes with diabetes

What will be assessed at a Sports Nutrition evaluation?

  • Current energy intake based on dietary recall
  • Calculation of estimated needs, including calories, protein and fluid requirements
  • Sports nutrition-related goals
  • Current level of physical activity
  • Food restrictions based on medical conditions, food allergies or intolerances


Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
5680 Venture Drive
Dublin, OH 43017 

Westerville Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
584 County Line Road West
Westerville, OH 43082

To schedule an appointment, call (614) 355-6003. No referral is required to schedule an appointment unless your child has a medical condition that warrants nutrition service.