Nutrition for Olympic Athletes with Alecia Kending MS, RD, CSSD

Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD

Alicia Kendig- Podcast

Alicia Kendig, MS, RD, CSSD
Senior Sport Dietitian working with Olympic Athletes

Alicia Kendig joined the U.S. Olympic Committee as a registered sports dietitian in 2011. In that role, she provides nutritional services to the strength and power and winter sport athletes. She also oversees activity and testing in the Athlete Performance Lab at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Prior to joining the USOC, Kendig took a coaching internship in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following the internship, she focused on sports nutrition and exercise science. Kendig has worked with various National Governing Bodies, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the United States Anti-Doping Agency to educate athletes on sports nutrition and dietary supplements. She also has helped athletes of all ages, levels and backgrounds achieve performance goals by focusing on fuel for optimal performance.

Kendig holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this podcast you will learn:

  1. Alicia's responsibilities as a Sports Dietitian for the various US Olympic Teams she manages?
  2. The challenges Olympic athletes face regarding nutrition?
  3. Her approach with an athlete when sitting down with them to conduct their nutrition assessment?
  4. What does she look for in an Olympic athlete’s diet that may help them make an immediate impact on performance?
  5. What is the nutritional approach to a sport such as Figure Skating where body fat and weight is probably more of a focus than Swimming. How do the nutritional needs differ for these athletes and does she use different macronutrient ratios?
  6. What are some of the food challenges her athletes face when traveling around the world? Does she find it difficult to locate places or foods that an athlete will like?
  7. How to make modifications for picky eaters, especially when they are in a country for the first time?
  8. Any well known athlete or athletes that stand out above the rest in regards to being a champion for promoting good eating habits?
  9. What type of standards or measures do you have in place that assesses food safety and quality to ensure what the athletes are eating is safe?
  10. What type of program does the OC have in place to help educate athletes about supplement safety?
  11.  As it gets close to an event with nerves and adrenaline levels elevated, how does she address athletes without an appetite, especially those who have not eaten in 6-7 hours?
  12.  Do young athletes like Missy Franklin look at the career of someone like Dara Torres and realize how much emphasis Dara put into her training and diet and try to model their nutrition plan around it?

What would be your one piece of advice you’d want to give our young athletes who listen to the show regarding nutrition?

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