Sports Nutrition :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Sports Nutrition

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. Sports Nutrition is becoming increasingly popular in the realm of athletics. Coaches, athletes, and parents alike are realizing the importance of a diet adequate for sports performance and training- especially for a young, growing athlete. A healthy, energy dense diet provides the body with the necessary energy to perform your best while also preventing early fatigue and potential injury.

Sports Nutrition Appointments

One on one consultation with a Registered Dietitian (RD) that provides an assessment of the patient’s nutritional needs and current dietary intake. Our Sports Medicine Registered Dietitian is trained to tailor diets, identify unique nutrient needs, and educate patients and families on methods to properly fuel for athlete competition and lifestyle. The Dietitian will provide educational handouts to take home which are specific to your nutritional needs and concerns.

To schedule an appointment, call (614) 722-6200 and follow the sports medicine prompt or email a

A referral from a primary care physician is required.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines a Registered Dietitian as a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RD." The majority of RDs work in the treatment and prevention of disease, in hospitals, HMOs, private practice or other health-care facilities. In addition, a large number of RDs work in community and public health settings and academia and research. A growing number of RDs work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, sports nutrition, and corporate wellness programs. Our Sports Medicine based Registered Dietitian consults with pediatric and adolescent athletes in the outpatient setting.

What sports nutrition related concerns are appropriate for a consultation?

  • Overweight athletes
  • Underweight athletes
  • Fatigue
  • GI upset with exercise
  • Disordered eating in athletes
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Poor eating habits
  • Under fueling for sports competition
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Low Bone Mineral Density
  • Nutrition relating to management/prevention of stress fractures
  • Sports supplement use
  • Diabetic athlete

Among others! Contact our Dietitian with questions:

Contact information:
Jessica Buschmann MS, RD, LD
Office phone: 614-355-6051

Sports Medicine Facilities

PediaCast 325 - Sports Nutrition

Dr. Eric Bowman joins Dr. Mike as Co-Host along with guest Jessica Buschmann, clinical dietician with sports medicine. Our topic is sports nutrition and includes details on powering student athletes with optimum fuel.

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