Filling Nutritional Gaps in Athletes: Food and Dietary Supplements

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Dietary supplements are ubiquitous in athletic environments. Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches, and Registered Dietitians often field questions regarding necessity, effectiveness, and safety of supplements from youth through adulthood. Clinicians and professionals need to be armed with strategies to quickly categorize supplements, carry go-to recommendations on how to fill nutrient gaps with food first, and be able to refer to professionals who can properly assess the athlete’s overall intake and need for supplementation. It is important to note that any dietary supplement carries a level of risk; mitigating risk for athletes is an important role of the sports performance and sports medicine team.

This presentation will help members of the sports medicine and sports performance teams be more confident in fielding questions on dietary supplements and develop appropriate courses of action. It will also review risk mitigation strategies. Team collaboration can keep athletes healthy, well, and on the playing field while operating within scope of practice.

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be better able to:

  1. Identify and categorize dietary supplements while communicating to athletes about safety, effectiveness, and legality
  2. Express a food-first approach to mitigate risk for athletes and to promote balanced diets optimal for performance and recovery
  3. Recognize appropriate times to referral to experts for dietary assessment and analysis.

Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff



Christine Jordhamo, MS, RD, CSSD, CD

USCC S4 Performance Dietitian


Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1.5 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the session. 


Drug Free Sport (Accredited Provider 99D4E11) is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide continuing education to Registered Dietitians. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 CPEU.

Certificate Information

      • Activity Number: 168857
      • Performance Indicators: 4.1.1, 8.1.1, 9.4.5
      • CPE Level: 2