Elite Athlete Nutrition | Patient Education


(Please note: This course is not for CPEU credit.)

The best athletes understand that every part of their routines must support their goals, and nutrition is no different. Developed by a registered dietitian and former Division I collegiate athlete, Emily Riddle, PhD, RD, this course speaks to the challenges and needs of high school and college athletes. This course is built to give athletes, their parents, and coaches the power to take responsibility for their nutrition.

What You'll Learn:

  • Understanding how the body fuels physical activity.
  • Nutrition recommendations for athletes before, during, and after practice or competition.
  • Understanding common myths around sports nutrition and sort the truth from fiction.
  • Consequences for inadequate fueling and prevention of RED-S. 
  • Understanding supplements and analysis of commonly recommended diets for athletes (keto, vegetarian, vegan, etc.).
  • Develop a personalized guide for energy needs, explore sample menus, case studies and more!

Included in This Course

Lesson 1: Basics of Fueling Physical Activity
This lesson explains how the body obtains energy from food and dispels a few common misconceptions. Also, Emily discusses the sources for the body's preferred fuel source for different types of activities.
Lesson 2: Nutrition Advice for Before, During, and After Exercise
In this lesson, we discuss the different guidelines for meals and snacks before, during, and after exercise. Emily will give you guidelines to consider related to hydration, and finally she discusses how "carb loading" works and how it fits into a training regimen.
Lesson 3: Applying Nutrition Advice for Before, During, and After Exercise
This lesson takes the fundamentals from Lessons 1 and 2, and walks you through calculating personalized nutrition needs. Make sure to download and use the free workbook with this course to develop a personalized nutrition plan.
Lesson 4: Consequences of Inadequate Fuel for Athletes
What happens if you're not eating or fueling enough? Turns out there are short- and long-term consequences. Emily opens your eyes to RED-S, a syndrome affecting nearly 1 in 4 athletes.  
Lesson 5: Prevention Strategies and Nutritional Treatments for RED-S
Despite the short- and long-term effects of RED-S, this condition can be treated. Emily also provides warning signs of RED-S. 
Lesson 6: Healthful Weight Change Principles for Athletes
Whether you've been encouraged to gain weight or lose weight, weight and performance are often linked. Emily provides evidence-based approaches to achieving a healthy weight. 
Lesson 7: Effectiveness of Dietary Supplements for Sports Performance
Many athletes face an endless amount of information and pressure to use supplements. Emily teaches you how to evaluate the effectiveness and shares evidence-based resources so you can know what (if any) supplements to consider.
+ BONUS Case Studies