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Identifying the Educational needs of Aspiring Sports Nutritionists

      Abstract

      Many dietetics professionals express interest in becoming sports nutritionists without full awareness of the complexity of this specialty area of dietetics—in terms of both the medical nutrition therapy involved and the business savvy required. Aspiring sports nutritionists need education in nutrition throughout the life cycle, medical nutrition therapy, nutrition therapy for management of eating disorders exercise science, business basics, and communication skills. Work experience is also important to develop confidence and skills. This is often gained while the dietitian is employed in another aspect of dietetics practice. J Am Diet Assoc. 2000;100:1522-1524.
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      4. The author thanks Rita Johnson, PhD, RD, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group chair and professor of sports nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Stella Volpe, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, for their contributions to this article.