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What is sports nutrition?

Sports nutrition is the application of nutrition science and its impact on the body as it relates to training, performance and overall health. Athletes can benefit from nutritional guidance to learn how to enhance energy levels, strength, endurance, and recovery, and to prevent unnecessary injuries and illnesses. Coaches and athletes can also rely on the sports nutritionist to provide the latest information on successful sort out supplement confusion, and to obtain the up-to-date resources and tools that are specific to the individual sport.

Some of the goals of sports nutrition individual sessions include:

  • Building lean body mass.
  • Reducing excess body fat.
  • Improving recovery from training, competition and/or surgery
  • Managing dehydration and cramping.
  • Preventing nutritional deficiencies that may lead to illness and injury.
  • Assisting weight loss or gain as deemed necessary for performance.
  • Preventing eating disordered behaviors, managing ED when they occur.

"Not just a matter of getting enough fruits and veggies"

Sports nutrition science is personal and complicated. It is not a precise science, but one that evolves over time for each athlete, tailored towards the daily demands of their training and competition schedules, taste preferences and lifestyle. The athlete's program reflects their budget, cultural background and traditions, likes and dislikes. The personalized plans attempt to modify the dietary excesses and replace deficient vitamins and minerals to improve muscle growth, reduce body fat, increase power output and stabilize energy levels throughout the day and season.

Dietary advice is based on the latest research combined with personal needs and are then translated into menus with specific amounts of food and fluids to be consumed at specific times to support training loads, improve recovery and optimize performance during competitions. All efforts are made by the nutritionist to avoid the need for shakes, bars, and supplements and focus on a whole food diet that is easy to prepare and conveniently available on and off campus. However when supplemental foods and vitamins are indicated, the nutritionist ensures that they meet NCAA guidelines.

Sports Nutrition Consultation Appointments

The first step for arranging personal assessments, team lectures, or seasonal body fat/circumference measurements is to contact Lisa by email ldorfman@miami.edu or to call her directly at her 24-hour answering service at 305-854-1065. Athletes scheduling their initial consultations should complete and email the UM Sports Nutrition Assessment form prior to the appointment.

What happens during nutrition consultations?

After the sports nutritionist received the assessment from the athlete, an appointment for the initial consultation is arranged. At this initial consultation, the athlete's diet is assessed using a computerized dietary assessment, and their eating habits; lifestyle, training and performance issues are discussed. After the discussion, the athlete's metabolism, body fat and selected anthropometric measurements are assessed and the athlete receives a personalized foundation eating plan.

Athletes are generally seen 1 week later to assess their eating plan, to discuss questions, challenges, and impact of changing their diet on training and performance. They may continue to see the nutritionist weekly, bi-weekly or monthly and/or communicate with the nutritionist by email or phone in-between sessions to review their eating plan and modify as needed for competition and off season.

Contact Lisa: ldorfman@miami.edu
24-hour service: 305-854-1065
Mailing Address: University of Miami, Hecht Athletic Center, 5821 San Amaro Drive, room 216, Coral Gables, Fl 33146