Nutrition Specialist

Special Needs Assignment

No two athletes are exactly the same.  Some may be overweight, underweight, 
diabetic, are vegetarians, have food allergies like celiac disease or 
lactose intolerance and/or other conditions.  
Some athletes deal with a condition called "muscle dysmorphia".  
Pick a few special situations and research them.  
Ideas include: 
Diabetic athletes, Vegetarians, Lactose Intolerance, Celiac Disease/Gluten 
Allergy, Peanut Allergies, Anorexia/Bulemia (only if that applies to your 
chosen sport)etc. 
Your job is to understand how you can alter their meal plan and still give 
your athletes the proper nutrition that they need.  Learn about these 
conditions and how to feed these ahtletes with special needs.  Describe how 
you would alter the diets of these special populations and adjust their meal 
plans.  After your team has made menus for the athletes, show how you would 
change the menu and give alternatives for those athletes with these food 
allergies/special needs.

Internet Links

Nancy Clark is a registered dietician who specializes in feeding athletes.  
She has worked with many professional sports teams and athletes

This is Nancy Clark's web page that takes you to many useful links.

University of Illinois Sports and Nutrition.

Sports nutrition from Australia

Ask the dietitian

Food and nutrition information center.  US gov't.

International Society of Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition for Vegetarian Athletes

Sports Nutrition for Diabetic Athletes

Sports Nutrition for Special Populations

Brown University - Female Athlete Triad

Childrens Hospital in Boston - health and nutrition for teens

NISMAT Sports Nutrition Corner

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

Teen Health info on food allergies

U Mass - Center for Nutrition in Sport and Human Performance

Northwestern University - Nutrition.  Good site.

Sodexho - Balance Mind, Body and Soul

The "New" Food Pyramid

Harvard University Health & Nutrition Information

Harvard University Health Newsletter Publication

Athletes & Protein

University of Montana - sports nutrition

Worlds Healthiest Foods

Mayo Clinic - Good Site

Human Kinetics - Protein Requirements

University of Wisconsin - Stout (nutrition)

University of Wisconsin - Stout (nutrition)

Sports Nutrition - Carbohydrates

Sports Nutrition for Winter Athletes

Dr.Weil, MD - Good Site

University of Arizona - Sports Nutrition

William & Mary College - Sports Nutrition

Good Site for project

Gluten Free Foods Website

Other Resources