Identifying the Educational needs of Aspiring Sports Nutritionists


      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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