The diet of an athlete or someone who exercises regularly needs to be different from the diet of someone who is inactive or sedentary. Athletes need to keep energy levels up to make workouts most effective.

The type of diet you need depends on your age, sex and activity level. Our sports nutritionists provide one-on-one athletic sports nutrition counseling to help you with various issues including:

  • Gaining lean mass
  • Improving high intensity sport performance
  • Losing fat
  • Eating for muscle recovery
  • Optimizing the carbohydrates and protein for your body type and goals
  • Understanding energy balance
  • Strategizing for endurance fueling

Our Services

Every athlete has unique metabolic needs and goals.

We provide comprehensive testing, counseling and nutrition programming to help maximize each individual’s performance. Check with your insurance provider to determine your plan's coverage of Nutritional Services visits. 

Considerations for Athletes

Why Ohio State?

A closer look at Sports Nutrition

Nutrition and Sports Performance

Good nutrition is an important aspect to athletic training. There's no substitute or supplement for a balanced diet, as Kacie Vavrek, MS, RN, LD, explains.

Body Composition Testing

Jackie Buell PhD, RD, ATC, describes how the assessment of skeletal health through measurement of bone mass, lean tissue mass and fatty tissue mass has strong preventative health implications, particularly for women.

Athletes and Eating Disorders

Dr. Jen Carter shares how sports present both risks and protective factors for eating disorders, from the pressure to fit into a certain body type for a given sport to the benefit of having a great social network associated with being part of a team.

Our Sports Dietitians