2. Nutritional Considerations to Support Recovery Throughout the NFL Season

Nutritional Considerations to Support Recovery Throughout the NFL Season

Presented by: Lisa Heaton, MS, RD, CSSD

Supporting athlete health and performance throughout the football season can help to keep players strong throughout the season and as they enter the playoffs. The goal for any sports performance professional is to keep the athlete as healthy in the post-season as they are at the beginning. Nutrition is one piece of the puzzle to support this goal. This session will cover the basics of recovery and performance nutrition and discuss how an athlete can strategically use whole foods and functional ingredients to support their performance and recovery. Discussion of efficacious supplements, potential usage, and strategies to keep athletes safe will also be included.

About Lisa Heaton

Lisa has worked in the sports nutrition realm since 2007 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) with interests in sports nutrition, recovery, hydration and performance. As a sports dietitian at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), Lisa works with nutrition related education and translation of research, as well as supports the athlete testing program. She also served as the Sports Dietitian for the Chicago Bulls for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. Lisa joined GSSI in February 2011 after working as the sports dietitian for the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance in Sioux Falls, SD (Now Sanford Sports Science Institute). Lisa completed her undergraduate work at Bradley University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Foods, Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her dietetic internship with the University of Houston and continued within the University to earn her Master’s Degree in Exercise Science. In July of 2009, Lisa earned the CSSD credential through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the premier credential for sports dietitians.



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