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Methods to Keep the Female Athlete Healthy: From Mental to Physical Health

While there is a disparity in sports performance research on female athletes, several experts in the field are making progress in furthering the understanding of the unique characteristics and needs of this population. From physiological and nutritional needs, to mental health and performance considerations, hear Dr Wendy Borlabi, Dr Trent Stellingwerff, Dr Abbie Smith-Ryan and Dr Sara Oikawa cover methods to keep the female athlete healthy. 

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Methods to Keep the Female Athlete Healthy: From Mental to Physical Health

Course Objectives

  • Discuss how low energy availability (LEA) “exposure” does not always lead to Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (REDs) and elements of the practical application of LEA to optimize health and performance.
  • Understand the initial data and known physiological differences that support evidence-based application for ingredients used by female athletes and discuss the possible implications.
  • Describe sex differences in skeletal muscle morphology and protein metabolism and identify gaps in the scientific literature related to female athlete specific protein research. 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

2.25

07/29/2025

BOC

2.25

07/29/2025

Commission on Dietetic Registration

2.25

07/29/2025

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/acsm-2022-pre-con-handouts---all-files.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Health and Performance Considerations for Female Soccer Players

Female soccer players face a variety of physical demands related to their sport but also must manage health factors unique to females. Through a strong nutrition plan, the female soccer player can fuel appopiately, managing energy availability and supporting athletic performance while maintaining physical health in the short and long term. Dr. Rebecca Randell will discuss the demands placed on the female soccer player, how menstruation and energy availability impact health and performance as well as recommendations to help the athlete and recover throughout the season.

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Health and Performance Considerations for Female Soccer Players

Course Objectives

  • Discuss health considerations for female soccer players
  • Utilize nutritional recommendations and customize for female soccer players
  • Describe the knowledge gaps in the existing literature

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

.75

02/09/2025

BOC

.75

02/09/2025

Commission on Dietetic Registration

.75

02/09/2025

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/health-and-performance-considerations-for-female-soccer-players.pdf?sfvrsn=4

You are when you eat

High performance athletes are highly trained and motivated to perform well. How these athletes fuel can have an impact on their overall performance and how they use their athletic talents. Sports Dietitian Isaac Hicks discusses how nutrient timing can support training adaptations and athletic performance.

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You are when you eat

Course Objectives

 

  • Discuss specific timing recommendations for when athletes should eat and drink based on the length and intensity of exercise
  • Discuss at least two physiological reasons timing is important in regard to athlete nutrition and hydration
  • Counsel athletes on at least three basic sports nutrition principals that instill solid nutrition and hydration habits

 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1.5

11/19/2024

BOC

1.5

11/19/2024

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1.5

11/19/2024

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/you-are-when-you-eat_isaac-hicks-handout-final_11-11.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Unique Aspects of the Female Endurance Athlete

Session 3 from the 2021 ACSM/GSSI Go the Distance Summer Symposium features Kathryn Ackerman MD, MPH, FACSM, Physician, Sports Medicine Division and Director, Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ackerman discusses the current state of the literature related to sports nutrition and female athletes as well as unique challenges that female athletes face. Additionally, Dr Ackerman addresses the many considerations that must be accounted for when developing a nutrition strategy for female athletes. 

Course Objectives

Discuss basis for female athelte sports nutrition recommendations to date

Describe important considerations for accurate female sports and nutrition research

Describe causes and consequences of low energy availability

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.75

07/14/2024

CSCCa

0.75

07/14/2024

Bringing Science to the Sidelines with the Gx Sweat Patch

Session 2 from the 2021 ACSM/GSSI Go the Distance Summer Symposium features Lindsay Baker PhD, FACSM and Anthony Wolfe MS of GSSI. Due to the high variability of sweat fluid losses and sweat sodium concentration, it is important for athletes to develop hydration plans based upon individual needs to support performance safety during exercise. Lindsay and Anthony discuss the research and validation behind the development of the Gx Sweat Patch, as well as the technology utilized to bring sweat testing and application of the sweat data to the consumer. 

Course Objectives

Discuss the variability of sweat sodium concentration and sweat fluid losses in athletes based upon published sweat normative data

Describe the validity of the Gx sweat patch and how it compares to standardized sweat testing methods

Utilize the data collected from the Gx sweat patch to develop customized hydration plans for individual athletes

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.75

07/14/2024

CSCCa

0.75

07/04/2024

Endurance Nutrition: How do you fuel for success?

Session 1 from the 2021 ACSM/GSSI Go the Distance Summer Symposium features Matt Pahnke PhD of GSSI and U.S. Long-Distance runner Molly Huddle. Dr. Pahnke presents the science and recommendations for fueling endurance athletes and then discusses how to utilize those recommendations in practice with Molly. Each athlete is unique and personalizing sports nutrition recommendations is key to helping an endurance athlete build a successful training and race day nutrition plan.  

Course Objectives

Idenfity the key sports nutrition recomendations for endurance athletes

Discuss and apply the scientific recommendations for enduracne sports nutrition in a practical setting

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

.75

07/14/2024

CSCCa

0.75

07/14/2024

Monitoring Training Load and Recovery in Collegiate Athletes

Athlete monitoring is one of the key foundational pieces of any training program to ensure athletes are ready to compete at the highest level. In this presentation, Eric Freese, PhD, and Principal Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute shares what he believes to be the good and the bad of athlete monitoring, breaks down the theoretical principles of athlete monitoring and shares the current understanding of it, and shares some of the latest findings in football athletes.  

Reference Article

Monitoring Training Load and Recovery in Collegiate Athletes

Course Objectives

  • Identify the principles of athlete monitoring 
  • Describe how internal and  external load affect an athlete’s performance 
  • Discuss the basics of how to implement an impactful athlete monitoring program 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.5

08/21/2023

BOC

0.5

08/21/2023

CSCCa

1

08/21/2023

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/handout-load-monitoring-eric-freese_a04.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Hydration: Application & Innovation

This session, developed by the team at Performance 365 in partnership with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and presented by Sports Dietitian Jen Ketterly, provides an overview on hydration strategies and explores the applications and factors impacting intake that have been affected by COVID-19.  Disclaimer: Jen Ketterly is a founding member of the Performance 365 consulting group and this presentation was sponsored by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

Reference Article

Hydration: Application & Innovation

Course Objectives

  • Provide fluid recommendations for athletes 
  • Educate athletes and provide effective strategies for acclimatization
  • Assess athlete fluid status
  • Describe the factors that impact intake  
 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.5

08/11/2023

BOC

0.75

08/11/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

0.5

08/11/2023

CSCCa

.5

08/11/2023

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/hydration-application-and-innovation-bibliography.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Hygiene & Food Safety Considerations for Return to Play

This session, developed by the team at Performance 365 in partnership with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute shares hygiene and food safety considerations for athletes and sports performance professionals to take into account to ensure safe return to play in the current environment. Sports Dietitian Leslie Bonci discusses best practices for on-the-field hydration, at-home and away fueling, travel guidelines and more.  

Course Objectives

  • Review the critical components of a hazard analysis and the application to the sports environment 
  • Develop protocols to safeguard health and identify best practices to comply with COVID-19 recommended guidelines 
  • Develop food safety recommendations for athletes and their support staff/family 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.5

08/11/2023

BOC

0.5

08/11/2023

CSCCa

.5

08/11/2023

Nutrition and Immune Health: Considerations for Athletes

This session, developed by the team at Performance 365 in partnership with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute provides an overview of the immune system. Throughout the session, Sports Dietitian Roberta Anding discusses key nutrition education concepts to best promote health and immune function, such as nutrients and lifestyle factors, to help sports health professionals keep their athletes educated and healthy as they return to play.

Course Objectives

1. Outline functions of the immune system

2. Discuss dietary constituents needed for immune support

3. Describe lifestyle factors associated with immune health

4. Review key nutrition education concepts to best promote health and immune function

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

0.75

08/11/2023

BOC

0.75

08/11/2023

CSCCa

.75

08/11/2023

Creatine: What Sports Health Practitioners Need to Know

Creatine supplementation has been considered a potential aid to athletic training and performance. This session will provide a review of the existing research surrounding creatine and scientific support for its use in athletic performance, adaptation and resistance training. The session will summarize its history, the effects of supplementation use on muscle creatine, brain metabolism and cognitive processing. Eric Rawson, Ph.D, FACSM, CSCS will also provide safe, practical uses for creatine and debunking its associated myths.  

 

Reference Article

Creatine: What Sports Health Practitioners Need to Know

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history of creatine research 
  • Explain the effects of creatine supplementation on muscle creatine, exercise performance, and adaptation to resistance training 
  • Describe the potential mechanisms that explain the performance enhancing effect of creatine supplementation 
  • Explain the safety of creatine supplementation as it relates to renal and muscle dysfunction 
  • Describe the effects of creatine supplementation on brain metabolism and cognitive processing 
  • Describe the potential benefits of creatine supplementation on mild traumatic brain injury 
  • Identify the myths associated with creatine supplementation 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

06/10/2023

BOC

1

06/10/2023

NSCA

0.2

06/10/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

06/10/2023

CSCCa

1

06/10/2023

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/rawson_reference_list_a02.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Indian Spices and Health

Indian spices have been historically regarded as powerful health aids, but scientists have begun researching specific effects only recently. This session will provide a review of scientific support for various Indian spices and their effects on health. The session will provide an understanding of each Indian spice, including its origin and proposed uses. In this session, Sports Dietitian Susan Kundrat will also summarize recent scientific evidence related to health benefits and outline practical applications and recommendations for the use of Indian spices, specifically turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, and cinnamon. 

 

Reference Article

Indian Spices and Health

Course Objectives

  • Explain origin and proposed uses for Indian spices, particularly turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, and cinnamon 
  • Describe at least one potential benefit areas from current research findings for each Indian spice, specifically turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, and cinnamon 
  • Identify potential practical usage opportunities and consumption recommendations for Indian spices and be able to articulate the applicable populations and limitations that currently exist for each 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

06/09/2023

BOC

1

06/09/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

06/09/2023

CSCCa

1

06/09/2023

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/handout-indian-spices-and-health-susan-kundra_a06.pdf?sfvrsn=4

Functional Fruits and Exercise: Cherries and Berries

Many fruits have been postulated as potential aids to athletic performance. This session will provide an understanding of current scientific support for various functional fruits, including cherries and berries, and their efficacy in sport. The session will outline the approach to literature review, provide an overview of polyphenols and anthocyanins, and summarize current research surrounding functional fruits, specifically tart cherry, blackcurrant, and pomegranate. In this session, Ryan Nuccio, MS, RD will also provide practical applications of research findings related to form, amount, and occasion of functional fruit for optimal benefit athletes. 

Reference Article

Functional Fruits and Exercise: Cherries and Berries

Course Objectives

  • Describe the potential benefit areas (i.e., outcome measures) for functional fruits; particularly for tart cherry, blackcurrant, and pomegranate 
  • Explain some of the potential confounders and why some studies may not have revealed significant benefits while others did for the same outcome measure 
  • Identify potential practical usage opportunities for functional fruits and be able to articulate the main advantages/limitations that currently exist for each 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

06/08/2023

BOC

1

06/08/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

06/08/2023

CSCCa

1

06/08/2023

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/handout-cherries-and-berries-ryan-nuccio_a07.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Sleep tactics for better athlete health and performance

Optimal sleep is critical for health and is considered one of the most potent performance enhancers available. During sleep, many processes take place including repairing and rebuilding muscle, enhancing immune function, and the pruning and forming of new memories. For an athlete, sub-optimal sleep can lead to impaired mood, shorter time to exhaustion, poor nutrition choices, and greater injury risk. Sleep Scientist Amy Bender, MS, PhD will discuss the role of the athletic trainer and sports health practitioners to ensure athletes get sufficient quantity, quality and timing of sleep – so athletes can perform better on and off the field. 

Course Objectives

  • Define what constitutes good sleep including optimal sleep quantity, quality, and timing of sleep. 
  • Dispel sleep myths for yourself and translate that knowledge into sleep education for your athletes in a meaningful way 
  • Implement sleep screening strategies and identification of maladaptive sleep behaviors such in the athletes you are working with 
  • Implement other sleep strategies including “banking sleep” and napping  
 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

05/21/2023

NSCA

0.2

05/21/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

05/21/2023

CSCCa

1

05/21/2023

Evidence for the benefit of dietary supplements for team sport athletes

Nutritional supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry but what is the proof any of them benefit health or performance?  The majority of studies involving the relationship between supplements and athletic performance have been carried out utilizing an endurance-exercise model.  Although, most team sports have an aerobic component, they are characterized by bursts of high-intensity activity requiring power, speed, and quick decision-making.  All athletes are looking for an “edge” and professionals working with athletes are charged with improving performance while keeping them safe.  Sports Dietitian Kris Osterberg, PhD, RD, CSSD reviews the evidence supporting the food components and nutritional supplements that have been shown to improve some aspect of team-sport performance. 

 

Course Objectives

  • Compile and summarize the research supporting the role of the supplement in improving performance. 
  • Identify the potential mechanism(s) of action by which the supplement enhances function. 
  • List at least 3 food / supplement sources for each supplement discussed, as well as efficacious dosages. 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

05/21/2023

BOC

1

05/21/2023

NSCA

0.2

05/21/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

05/21/2023

CSCCa

1

05/21/2023