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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

06/30/2023

BOC

1

06/30/2023

NSCA

0.2

06/30/2023

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

06/30/2023

Reference Article

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

SSE #198: Nutrition and athlete immune health: a new perspective

Sickness absence from training is incompatible with success in elite sport, which demands a consistently high training volume, i.e. the less sick, the more an athlete can train. Nutrient availability influences immunity because macro and micronutrients are involved in a multitude of immune processes. Macronutrients are involved in immune cell metabolism and protein synthesis and micronutrients are involved in antioxidant defenses. A new paradigm for exercise immunology is presented that considers resistance (the strength of the immune weaponry) and tolerance (the ability to endure microbes and dampen defense activity). This new paradigm of resistance and tolerance helps to explain why nutritional supplements with tolerogenic effects (e.g., probiotics, vitamin C and vitamin D) are the new targets, as these may reduce the infection burden in athletes.

Reference Article

SSE #198: Nutrition and athlete immune health: a new perspective

Course Objectives

  • Utilize this information to implement a strategy to improve your athlete’s immunity. 
  • Discuss the resistance and tolerance paradigms to plan how to keep your athlete healthy during increased training periods and travel.
  • Describe how tolerogenic supplements such as Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and probiotics may improve the body’s immunity.

 

 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

01/01/2022

BOC

1

01/01/2022

NSCA

0.1

12/31/2021

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

05/28/2023

Reference Article

https://www.gssiweb.org/en/sports-science-exchange/Article/nutrition-and-athlete-immune-health-a-new-perspective

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. 

Presentation Handout

PDF Sheet

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

01/01/2022

BOC

1

12/31/2021

NSCA

0.2

12/31/2021

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

05/31/2023

Presentation Handout

PDF Sheet

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. 

 

Presentation Handout

PDF Sheet

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

01/01/2022

BOC

1

12/31/2021

NSCA

0.2

12/31/2021

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

05/31/2023

Presentation Handout

PDF Sheet

SSE #188: Vegetarian and vegan diets for athletic training and performance

Vegetarian diets are selected by athletes for a variety of reasons including health, environmental, ethical, philosophical, religious/spiritual and esthetics. Athletes at all levels, from youth to recreational to elite, can meet their energy and nutrient needs on a vegetarian or vegan diet that contains a variety of foods, including grain products, fruits, vegetables, protein-rich plant foods, and (if desired) dairy products and eggs. Like most athletes, vegetarian and vegan athletes may benefit from education about food choices to optimize their health and performance. 

Reference Article

SSE #188: Vegetarian and vegan diets for athletic training and performance

Course Objectives

  • Utilize nutrition strategies to ensure vegetarian and vegan athletes are meeting their energy, macronutrient and micronutrient needs to support health and performance.  
  • Discuss the various types of vegetarian and vegan diets and benefits or limitations of each  
  • Describe the potential health and performance benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets 

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

01/01/2022

BOC

1

01/01/2022

NSCA

0.1

12/31/2021

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

04/17/2023

CSCCa

1

12/31/2021

Reference Article

https://www.gssiweb.org/en/sports-science-exchange/Article/vegetarian-and-vegan-diets-for-athletic-training-and-performance

Hydration: One Size Does Not Fit All

Hydration for sport is more than a health and safety concern during warm weather. Suboptimal hydration can also cause decreased performance in a variety of sports and environmental conditions. By identifying individuals’ fluid needs and developing replacement plans around those needs and the constraints of a given sport or activity, athletic trainers can improve their athletes’ performance. This session will provide athletic trainers the tools to design better hydration plans through evidence-based practices for the assessment of fluid needs and consult with a variety of physically active individuals beyond one size fits all advice.

Reference Article

Hydration: One Size Does Not Fit All

Course Objectives

  • Identify current paradigms for the assessment of fluid needs for the physically active
  • Compare and contrast different fluid replacement strategies for optimizing performance

Course

Credits

Course Expiration

ACSM

1

06/30/2022

BOC

1

06/30/2022

NSCA

0.2

06/30/2022

Commission on Dietetic Registration

1

06/30/2022

Reference Article

http://www.gssiweb.org/docs/default-source/educational-materials/webinar-handouts/gssi-2020-cdr-references_a02.pdf?sfvrsn=2