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Advanced Practice Sports Nutrition Webinar – Modules 1 – 4

An Evidence-Based Webinar from Gatorade.


Learning Objectives:  After completion of this presentation, audience members will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the physiology of starvation versus stressed starvation and the implications on body composition and athletic performance
  2. Discuss strategies to develop medical nutrition therapy strategies to improve the health of the underfueled and injured athlete
  3. Describe the medical, physiological, nutritional and psychological concerns of the athlete with disordered eating.
  4. Outline the assessment strategies and risk factors for the insulin resistant athlete focusing on the medical nutrition therapy to address this health concern.


Practicing sports dietitians have the dual responsibility of fueling athletes for optimal performance and addressing medical nutrition therapy concerns.  This series of webinars is designed to assist sports dietitians in identifying issues associated with common practice concerns; underfueling, injury, disordered eating and insulin resistance.   Underfueling can negatively impact athletic performance and the concerns can range from a simple knowledge deficit to an overt eating disorder.  The injured athlete is unique as the stress response can cause a preferential loss of lean weight.  Understanding the physiological alterations in underfueling and stress is essential in devising an evidenced based protocol to assist these athletes in their return to play.  Eating disorders are most common in females in weight sensitive sports but often missed in male athletes.  The relative energy deficiency in sports (RED-S) diagram encompasses all the systems impacted by underfueling and disordered eating can be used to launch an assessment of the eating disordered athlete.  Insulin resistance is often associated with physical inactivity, yet athletes may present with signs and symptoms of insulin resistance requiring medical nutritional therapy to reduce the long term consequences of metabolic syndrome.  

Speaker Bio(s):

Roberta Anding, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE

Roberta Anding, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CDE is an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University, where she currently provides individual instruction to student athletes. She is also the Director of Sports Nutrition at the Baylor College of Medicine, Section of Adolescent & Sports Medicine. Roberta was the former sports RD for the Houston Texans and is the current sports RD for the Houston Astros. Throughout her career, Roberta has contributed to the publication of the numerous nutritional articles and book chapters as well as giving several media presentations.  Roberta is a past chair of the SCAN Practice Group, and currently serves as a liaison for SCAN to the American College of Sports Medicine as well as an Academy Media Spokesperson for Houston.


2 Units, Level II

Expires 1/08/2018

Suggested Learning Needs Codes:

4060, 5190, 5200

The SCAN Executive Committee wishes to avoid possible conflicts of interests involving the development of nutrition education resources. All presenters that contributed to development of this nutrition education resource informed SCAN of any financial arrangements, affiliations, or other relationships that may constitute a conflict of interest relative to the subject matter of the nutrition education resource.