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Treating the Injured Athlete: Nutrition Strategies to Promote Healing and Recovery

An Evidence-Based Webinar from the SD-USA Subunit of SCAN


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

  1. Be able to recognize the specific nutrient needs pertaining to optimal healing of an injured athlete.
  2. Be able to understand the implications of current research regarding dietary interventions for athletic injuries including soft tissue, skeletal trauma, post-operative considerations, as well as traumatic brain injury/concussion.
  3. Recognize and draw parallels between the role of the sports RD and certified athletic trainer within the sports medicine team when considering appropriate nutrition-related interventions for the prevention and/or treatment of various athletic injuries.


The care of athletes after an injury is multifaceted and is best accomplished through a team of specially trained professionals who work in concert to provide a comprehensive approach.  This webinar is designed to increase overall awareness of nutrition principles related to the healing process of an injured athlete.  The presenter will use evidence-based practice guidelines to show how to best recognize the nutrient needs for healing, practical applications for nutrient intakes, potential supplementation options, as well as resources for professionals regarding this topic.  

Speaker Bio(s):

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC

Dana Angelo White is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, and nutrition and fitness consultant. She specializes in culinary nutrition, recipe development and sports nutrition.

Dana works closely with chefs and authors to develop creative and healthy recipes for cookbooks, magazines and menus. She is the nutrition expert for Food and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog. She was a consultant for Follow Productions on seasons 2 and 3 of Bobby Deen’s show Not My Mama’s Meals and has worked as a media spokesperson for Cooking Light Magazine. She has made appearances on Good Day Street Talk, Food, Access Hollywood and ABC Nightly News and GMA Health. In October 2013, Dana was named to Sharecare’s list of Top 10 Social HealthMakers on Nutrition, recognizing her as one of the most influential voices in health and wellness. She currently serves on the advisory boards for Applegate and Healthy Happy Kids and is a spokesperson for Hidden Valley’s Love Your Veggies program.

Dana is the sports dietitian and assistant clinical faculty in the department of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She is a member of the NATA-SCAN Alliance Committee and conducts workshops and cooking demonstrations for fitness organizations, corporate settings and schools.

Dana’s recipes, quotes, and articles have been featured on Food, Cooking, Diet,, Today’s Dietitian, SHAPE, SEVENTEEN, Prevention, Muscle & Fitness, and Maxim magazine. She has created meal plans and recipes for books including Energy To Burn: The Ultimate Food and Nutrition Guide to Fuel Your Active Life, Extra Lean and Extra Lean Family by Mario Lopez, and The Prayfit Diet, and Tell Me What To Eat If I Am Trying To Conceive. She is the author of a series of e-cookbooks for MySportsRD and her cookbook First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers will be released in February 2015.

A farmers’ market junkie and local food aficionado, Dana worked with Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment to create the Healthy Harvest Food Regional Guides, to educate consumers on purchasing and preparing seasonal foods.

As a practicing Certified Athletic Trainer, Dana provides emergency medicine and rehabilitation services to high school, college and professional athletes. She is also a CPR and First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross.

Dana earned her master’s degree in nutrition education from Teachers’ College-Columbia University and bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University in Sports Medicine. She resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband, two daughters and Boston Terrier, Violet Pickles.


1 Units, Level II

Expires 04/06/2018

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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.