What is Human Sports Nutrition and How is it Applied?
The discipline of Sports Nutrition applies principles derived from current biochemical and physiological scientific knowledge for the purpose of promoting optimal human performance, recovery and body composition.
Recognizing biochemical individuality, Sports Nutritionists assess a person’s nutritional needs to achieve optimal physiological function. Assessment includes the use of appropriate tests and observations such as case history, anthropomorphic measurements, body composition, physical signs, and nutrition/lifestyle analysis to determine an educational nutrition program. Assessment also provides the basis for referral to other health professionals.
The educational protocol includes, among other information, nutrition/lifestyle modification, exercise, nutritive supplementation, understanding of physiological/biochemical pathways, and the evoking of regenerative processes.
It is the intent of the NASN to present current research in developing specific nutrition and exercise plans in order to optimize metabolism and energy balance. A direct benefit of optimal metabolism and energy balance is optimal performance, recovery and body composition.