Position on feeding

State of the Science fact sheet augments CPSDA position on feeding
Advisory to CPSDA members November 1, 2013: 

As you know, the NCAA will vote in 2014 on the deregulation of student-athlete feeding.  It is important for us to provide a strong and unified voice as we acquaint key stakeholders on the importance of a rule that would allow institutions to properly nourish student-athletes to help ensure their health, and to enhance their athletic and academic performance.  We have developed these two documents with this in mind:

  • State of the Science Fact Sheet to showcase the evolution in nutrition science since this legislation was developed.
  • Key Messages document to ensure we are all communicating with a unified voice

The dissemination of these research-based documents will help us in our efforts to educate and inform key opinion leaders, administrators, and student-athlete advocates during the months leading up to the 2014 NCAA vote.  Please click on these two documents (below) to download, read, and keep on hand.  Thank you.       --Your CPSDA Board of Directors

       Download State of the Science brochure                                             Download Key Messages

CPSDA Position Statement: Recommended Feeding Protocol for Athletes

October 25, 2012:  The Collegiate & Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 2009, comprised at its core of registered dietitians who specialize in sports nutrition on a full-time basis.  Sports dietitians are employed primarily by major college athletic departments, professional sports teams, U.S. Olympic governing bodies and the U.S. military.  The responsibilities of sports dietitians fall into four broad categories: 1) provide nutrition education to sports teams and one-on-one counseling to athletes; 2) customize nutrition protocol for teams and individual athletes on a prescribed time schedule to restore fuel status and speed recovery; 3) serve as lead food and supplement security advisors to protect athletes, athletic programs and educational institutions from adulterated foods, supplements or banned substances that may cause illness or death, and place player eligibility at risk; 4) empower athletes with nutrition knowledge and build habits that promote lifelong health and wellness. 

The CPSDA Board of Directors recommends a new standard feeding protocol for athletes at all levels of participation, as follows:

  • Fuel athletes throughout the day with healthy whole foods to ensure adequate energy availability, speed recovery, restore energy and repair muscle damage after exercise: Athletes must have easy and open access to planned meals and recovery snacks throughout the day to replace nutrients, fluids, electrolytes and energy utilized during activity in order to replenish energy, facilitate recovery, repair muscle damage, mediate inflammation and stimulate immune function.  Athletes in all phases of training require feedings of nutrient-rich whole foods in frequent intervals and, as necessary, safe dietary supplements to replace expended nutrients and electrolytes, enhance immune function and achieve optimal body composition.  Smaller but more frequent feedings of nutritious whole foods throughout the day improve mental as well as physical performance, thereby contributing to academic and athletic performance. A Training Table—planned meals for athletes in a dining hall—is a learning lab where athletes receive ongoing education that underscores the measurable benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and where athletes experience proper nutrition as the best defense against banned performance-enhancing substances. College athletes, in particular—whether or not they receive financial aid to assist with tuition, housing and/or food—should be given equal access to whole foods throughout the day to ensure full restoration of nutrients, fluids and electrolytes expended in activity to speed recovery, stimulate immune function, reduce inflammation, and fully replace energy stores.  CPSDA recommends and supports a simple rule that would allow institutions to feed all athletes within their respective budgets as institutional staff deems appropriate for the benefit of the health, well-being and performance of the athletes.
Board of Directors
Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association

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