The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) represents the vast majority of advanced practice registered dietitians in the United States who work full-time with athletes in colleges, professional sports, Olympic training centers, the U.S. Military and in law enforcement. CPSDA’s member-driven national not-for-profit organization speaks with one voice on behalf of America’s leading sports dietitians and is founded on the fundamental “food first” principle that “whole foods are the best fuel,” and that athletic programs operating at every level of competition will best serve their athletes when employing the full-time services of a sports dietitian.
Sports Dietitian: A registered dietitian (RD) who is a specialist in sports dietetics and applies evidence-based nutrition knowledge in exercise and sports. RDs specializing in sports dietetics assess, educate, and counsel athletes and active individuals. They design, implement, and manage safe and effective nutrition strategies that enhance lifelong health, fitness, and optimal performance.
CPSDA is dedicated to providing continuing education programs to keep sports dietitians apprised of new developments in the rapidly-evolving global food and dietary supplement supply; developing new education programs to prepare associate and student CPSDA members to become sports dietitians; and to partner with education-based organizations to restore and advance the firm belief that a varied balance of healthy whole foods is the optimal method of fueling athletic performance.
Quantifying these contributions and conveying findings to key decision-makers in athletic programs throughout the U.S. is one of the primary reasons CPSDA was formed, along with our commitment to mentor the next generation of sports dietitians.
The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association is a member-driven national not-for-profit organization chartered in 2010 and led by nine Board of Directors
who execute and manage organizational goals.