What is a sport dietitian?
Sports Dietetics-USA, a subunit of SCAN [Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the American Dietetics Association] is leading the future of dietetics by promoting healthy, active lifestyles through excellence in dietetics practice in sports, cardiovascular, and wellness nutrition and the prevention and treatment of disordered eating. Sports Dietetics-USA assisted the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in the development of the new Board Certification as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) credential for RDs who specialize in sports dietetic practice in the USA.

To be successful as a sport dietitian you must have as a minimum:

  • A University education in human kinetics/exercise physiology AND clinical nutrition/dietetics,
  • You must have been at least a provincial caliber athlete in one or more sports (the more the better);
  • You must have completed training in the Body Sense (or Go Girls) program which promotes positive body image and prevents disordered eating in sport; and
  • You need to have lots of practice working with different ages and types of athletes in all different situations to get up to speed on health and performance concerns and what athletes are actually eating.

How do I find a Sport Dietitian/Sport Nutritionist in Canada?
Unfortunately there is no formal certification for a sport dietitian in Canada. The Sport Medicine and Science Council of Canada developed a sport nutrition advisory council in the late 1980's with the goal of developing a registry of sport nutrition professionals in Canada. This sport nutrition program has now become part of the Coaching Association of Canada. To be a member of this sport nutrition registry one must have:

  • A bachelor's degree in nutrition/dietetics;
  • Course work and/or professional development in exercise physiology; and
  • A minimum of 2 years of sport nutrition counseling with provincial level or higher, athletes and/or teams.

    To find a sport dietitian nearest you go to the sport dietitian registry at http://www.coach.ca/eng/nutrition/find.cfm


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