Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Sports Dietetics USA Milestones

SCAN's Sports Dietetics-USA (SD-USA) subunit was launched in June 2004.  The descriptions below highlight the origin of SD-USA and the accomplishments of the subunit through its volunteer members.  SCAN members interested in sports nutrition are invited to join SD-USA.  To start, log in as a member on the SCAN website; select My Profile and Edit member details, select Sports Dietetics-USA and click on SAVE. 

December 2013

  • The Academy approved the following for J Acad Nutr Diet publication: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Revised Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Sports Nutrition and Dietetics. This revision of the 2009 SOP/SOPP for sports dietitians was developed by an SD-USA member workgroup and approved by SCAN’s Executive Committee.

  • SCAN's Executive Committee approved a Network Agreement with Athletes and the Arts, an initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine focused on linking the sport athlete and musician/performing artist communities. The agreement under review by the Academy for approval.

November 2013

  • The CSSD earned accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) becoming the first and only sports nutrition certification program to be accredited by NCCA (through 2018). NCCA accreditation reflects achievement of the highest standards of professional credentialing. SD-USA has worked toward this goal since the CSSD certification was established. CDR’s RD and DTR programs and its five specialist certification programs are now accredited by NCCA.

  • A member-wide survey was distributed to all SD-USA members and CSSDs via Survey Monkey.  The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback about the member benefits of the SD-USA subunit and data concerning current CSSDs.

October 2013

  • SCAN’s Executive Committee approved and submitted the revised SOP SOPP for RDs in Sports Dietetics to the Academy’s Quality Management Committee for review and approval.

  • Following the July CSSD exam, there are 610 CSSDs.

September 2013

  • At SD-USA’s request, Michele Macedonio, CDR Specialty Panel member, motioned that the CDR Specialty Panel recommend extension of the allowance of education to substitute for a maximum of 1,200 hours of the required experience for CSSD eligibility beyond its scheduled expiration (July 2014). The CDR Specialty Panel voted for an extension until July 2018. This recommendation will be considered by CDR at its first 2014 meeting.

  • SD-USA increased its Social Media presence by launching a Facebook and Pinterest page, in addition to its Twitter account. 

June 2013

  • The manuscript, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Scope of Practice for the Registered Dietitian was published in the J Acad Nutr Diet with sports nutrition described in the section, RD roles: services and activities. An SD-USA member of Academy’s Quality Management Committee was an author.

April 2013

  • Following the February CSSD exam, there are 574 CSSDs.

  • The SD-USA workgroup began the task of revising the SOP SOPP for RDs in Sports Dietetics.

January 2013

  • The Academy’s Quality Management Committee approved SCAN’s proposal to conduct the 5th year revision of the SOP SOPP for RDs in Sports Dietetics. A workgroup was formed consisting of Patti Steinmuller and Laura Kruskall (Co-Chairs), Chris Karpinski, Melinda Manore, Michele Macedonio, and Nanna Meyers.

  • At the request of SD-USA, SCAN requested that CDR apply to the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for NCCA accreditation for the CSSD certification program, and all other eligible CDR specialist certification programs, by the April 30, 2013 application deadline.

Click here for the complete list of Milestones from 2003 - 2013

Credentials of those listed in the milestones document:
Diane Berrara, MPH, RD

Jackie Berning, PhD, RD, CSSD

Gail Butterfield, PhD

Lisa Carlson, MS, RD

Kristine Clark, PhD, RD

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD

Ellen Coleman, MA, MPH, RD, CSSD

Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RD, CSSD

Barbara Graf, MS, RD

Chris Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD

Laura Kruskall, PhD, RD, CSSD

Michele Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD

Melinda Manore, PhD, RD, CSSD

Nanna Meyer, PhD, RD, CSSD

Susie Parker-Simmons, MS, MEd, RD
Suzanne Steen, DSc, RD

James Stevens, MS, RD

Patti Steinmuller, MS, RD, CSSD

Original Sports Specialty Examination Workgroup (SSEW) Members: Steven E. Black, Lt Col, USAF, BSC, PhD, RD, CSSD; Kim Crawford,PhD, RD, CSSD; Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RD, LD, CSSD; Christopher Halagarda, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS; Diane King, MS, ATC, RD, CSSD; Susie H. Langley, MS, RD, CSSD; Michele A. Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD, LD; Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS: Ingrid Skoog, MS, RD, CSSD; and Patti Steinmuller, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Original Sports Practice Analysis Workgroup (SPAW) members: Steven E. Black, Lt Col, USAF, BSC, PhD, RD, CSSD; Kim Crawford, PhD, RD, CSSD; Nancy DiMarco, PhD, RD, CSSD; Marie Dunford, PhD, RD, Christopher Halagarda, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS; Susie H. Langley, MS, RD, CSSD; Michele A. Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD; Bob Seebohar, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS: Ingrid Skoog, MS, RD, CSSD; and Patti Steinmuller, MS, RD, CSSD

Page updated January 2014.