Colleagues athletes have unique nutritional needs specific to their sport, their physical performance and whether they are in season. So how do they navigate all of that? Enter: the sports nutritionists.
In addition to addressing the nutritional needs of athletes during college, the sports nutritionist Maria Williams, MS, RD, LD, also takes a long-term approach – equipping athletes with nutritional insights long after college.
Williams is a sports nutritionist at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, where she provides personalized nutrition to support the long-term fitness, performance and well-being of athletes. tablets. She has over a decade of experience with UGA Athletes Association Create individual and group menus and meal plans, and provide one-to-one and group nutrition education for hundreds of UGA students-athletes across a variety of sports.
Williams currently works with women’s volleyball, horseback riding, athletics, baseball and men’s tennis programs. She master thesis research Explore the effects of key hormones, including insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), on bone health and accumulation in children. Along with her RD certification, Williams also earned the title of CSSD (certified as a specialist in sports nutrition).
Williams and I recently chatted about National Nutrition Month’s personalized nutrition focus and her signature approach to healthy, sustainable eating – for herself and for exercise. tablets.