2020 Symposium

SCAN is Excited to Announce the 2020-2021
Virtual Symposium

Revolutionizing Sports Nutrition
March 3-5, 2021

Revolutionizing Sports Nutrition will inspire attendees to explore, challenge and discuss evidence-based nutrition research, science, practice and policy.
The virtual event will showcase expert speakers, discussing the most relevant topics in sports nutrition today including:

• Artificial Intelligence Application in Dietetics
• Sports Analytics in 2021
• Legal IQ for the Practitioner
• Role of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Muscle Anabolism
• Unique Aspects of the Female Athlete

Participants will be able to exchange knowledge and best practices through an exciting and innovative platform that includes chat rooms, meet-ups, interactive Q&A, and more! 



Revolutionizing Performance Nutrition



Recording Available

Vitamin D and Omega-3…Translating Tricky Topics into Action for Athletes

Speaker: Michelle Rockwell PhD, RD, CSSD and Peter Ritz RD
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CDT

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Sports Dietitians are faced with the challenge of providing evidence-based care for athletes related to topics for which the evidence is far from straightforward and conclusive. In this webinar, presenters will discuss two examples of these tricky topics: vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. Following a brief summary of current evidence related to the role of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in athletes’ performance and health, controversies and trends in the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of deficiencies of these nutrients will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on translation of the evidence into recommendations, protocols, and policies for athletes.

After the completion of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. Summarize the evidence that associates vitamin D and omega-3 fats with performance and health of athletes.
  2. Navigate uncertainties related to vitamin D and omega-3 fats to establish practical recommendations for athletes.
  3. Consider factors such as risks, benefits, costs, and ethics in developing protocols related to vitamin D and omega-3 fats for athletes.

Michelle is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics with 20 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. She has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech since 2015. In addition to teaching a variety of nutrition courses, Michelle conducts research studies involving vitamin D, omega-3 fats, and health systems science. She previously owned a private practice in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina where she consulted with athletes, teams, programs, and industry clients throughout the U.S. Michelle earned BS, MS, and PhD degrees from Virginia Tech where she was a Track & Field athlete. She completed her dietetics internship training at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

Peter Ritz recently joined Northwestern Athletics as the Sports Dietitian for the football program in March after spending the last 3 years as a sports dietitian at Virginia Tech. In his new role, his work is centered around helping student athletes use nutrition to fuel both athletic and academic success through individualized nutrition counseling, team education and assessment of food and supplement security.

Peter is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). He holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Nutritional Science and Kinesiology from Texas A&M and a master’s degree concentrated in Applied Nutrition and Physical Activity from Virginia Tech.

Speaking their Language & Getting them to Change: Working with the Gen Z Athlete

Speaker: Sterling Brown
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm central
Supported by: Gatorade Performance Partner

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With an attention span of only 8 seconds, Gen Z is unlike any other generation. And as they have now become the predominant group in schools, communication can be a challenge – and breaking through with this athlete cohort to drive true change is even more challenging. This session will begin diving into the key differences in this group, providing insights on how to maximize your efforts to make sure you’re being heard and understood by the Gen Z athlete. We will then discuss how to use behavior change principles to get athletes to make actionable changes that drive long-term improvement for athletic fueling and performance.

The Practical Assessment and Management of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Speaker: Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE, FAND
Thursday, April 23, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm central

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Adequate energy relative to energy expenditure is essential for the health and performance of college athletes. Low energy availability, which underpins relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), effects both short- and long-term athletic performance and is associated with serious health concerns. Thus, registered dietitians specializing in fueling human performance require accurate tools to identify athletes with potential disordered eating or eating disorders. The energy availability calculation is a well-known tool to estimate energy deficits. Unfortunately, estimating energy availability is often impractical and challenging in a clinical setting. This equation requires the determination of fat free mass, energy intake and energy output. Individuals struggling with disordered eating often overestimate energy intake, invalidating the use of the equation. This session will explore strategies to identify high risk individuals during the pre-participation physical exam as well as a practical assessment in a sports clinic setting. A review of the literature examining low energy availability will set the stage for the translation of research into practice including assessment strategies and on-going nutrition management. Attendees can use this information to develop therapeutic protocols to support and guide this unique athlete population.

Food-First Eating Patterns to Maximize Health and Human Performance

Speakers: Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD and Mike Roussell, PhD
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm central
Supported by: National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff

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From trendy ketogenic and paleo diets, to traditional Mediterranean and personalized performance diets, eating patterns for athletes come in all shapes and sizes, but share the same end goal – optimal performance. Optimal performance is dependent on an athlete’s physical condition as much as his or her mental state. Research shows that good nutrition has physical, mental and emotional implications – it has the power to decrease injury, increase reaction time, enhance muscle power, boost endurance, improve concentration and ultimately foster the overall enjoyment of exercise and sport. This session will address the latest research around the most common dietary patterns for performance, take a deeper dive into those highly-supported by the performance nutrition community and, in a field crowded with supplements and packaged performance foods, highlight ways to emphasize food-forward recommendations that support overall strength, performance and good health now and in the future.

Performance-Centered Plant-Based Diets for Athletes

Speakers: Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM & Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm central
Supported by: Clif Bar Company

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Athletes desire peak performance, brought about by the enhanced ability to train, recover, adapt, and compete. The intersection of diet and performance is taking on new complexities with emerging interests in environmental sustainability and plant-based eating. From popular documentaries touting the desirability of vegan diets to alarm calls from environmental activists on the climate hazards of eating meat, many athletes have questions about plant-based diets. Sports dietitians have always encouraged a performance-based eating plan, but could the current interest in plant-based eating help us reinforce our messages on healthy diets that are tailored to optimize performance and support planetary health?

This session will look at the myriad of plant-based eating options that are consistent with the established tenets of performance nutrition as well as what sustainability can mean to active individuals whose primary interest in nutrition is centered on improved performance. Pros and cons of differing plant-based eating plans will be discussed, including vitamin and mineral gaps that can occur when eliminating animal foods and the anabolic potential of plant proteins to support muscle protein synthesis.

Practical tips for promoting a sustainable eating pattern will round out the session with the goal of helping health professionals honor an athlete’s choice of diet while at the same time providing needed nutrients for optimal health and performance.


A Multi-Omics Approach to Interpreting the Influence of Polyphenols in Countering Exercise-Induced Physiological Stress

Speaker: David C. Nieman, DrPH, FACSM
Supported by: POM/The Wonderful Company

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Polyphenol absorption, disposition, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) is complex, with increasing awareness and focus shifting from the small to the large intestine. Only small amounts of ingested polyphenols are absorbed in the small intestine, with most passing to the lower intestine where a diversity of phenolic compounds are formed from microbial degradation and ring fission. These gut-derived phenolics can be absorbed, undergo phase II metabolism, and exert a variety of bioactive effects that are important to athletes. The translocation of gut-derived phenolics to the circulation is enhanced when increased polyphenol intake is combined with regular exercise bouts. Gut-derived phenolics exert anti-inflammatory, immune cell regulatory, and anti-viral influences, with enhancement of endothelial health and function in the intestine and vasculature. These effects complement the performance-enhancing and anti-inflammatory influences of dietary carbohydrates. Athletes experiencing periodized physiological stress can experience an improvement in metabolic recovery by ingesting a variety of polyphenol-rich fruits.


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