Developing a Performance Nutrition Curriculum for Collegiate Athletics

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2016 Jun;48(6):419-424.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.03.002. Epub 2016 Apr 6.


The purpose of this article is to provide a framework for developing a sports nutrition education program in a collegiate athletic department. A review of literature on student-athlete nutrition behaviors is combined with practical suggestions from personnel who wrote a sports nutrition curriculum at a large Midwestern university. There are 2 primary implications for practice. First, maintaining a written curriculum and conducting periodic evaluation are fundamental aspects of sports nutrition education programs. Second, better documentation of program outcomes is needed to establish best practices in collegiate sports nutrition education and demonstrate the value of full-time sports registered dietitians.

Keywords: athletic performance; curriculum; health education; program evaluation; sports.

MeSH terms

  • Athletes / education*
  • Athletic Performance / education*
  • Health Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Nutritional Sciences / education*
  • Nutritional Status
  • Universities