Growth of the Sports Dietitian Profession
Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD
Dave Ellis, MS, RD, CSSD
Dedicated blogger and volunteer who helped found the NSCA's Nutrition Special Interest Group and most recently the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Assn. (CPSDA).
There are few who have more than three decades of work experience in the sports nutrition trenches, but that is just what we have with Dave Ellis. Dave is a Veteran Sports RD who is also a credentialed Strength Coach (CSCS) who logged 20 years in the collegiate ranks between the University of Nebraska and Wisconsin athletics before going into a private consulting practice back in 2001 that has him criss-crossing the US monthly with some of the biggest names in sports.
In addition to nutrition education, Dave is routinely brought into organizations to help assess the body composition and weight carrying capacity of athletes (frames) to more objectively set individual goals and designs training tables that stimulate a fueling mindset for athletes to help meet their body composition goals. Dave is very dedicated blogger and volunteer who helped found the NSCA's Nutrition Special Interest Group and most recently the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Assn. (CPSDA).
When Dave is not working with College, Olympic and Pro teams he is busy speaking on adulteration issues at Universities, Conferences and playing a scientific advisory role for several reputable firms on this global dilemma plaguing our food and dietary supply supply chains.
Dave is also a level 5 USA Hockey Coach and at age 51, senior hockey player. Says it keeps him young! How does a guy who was born in Louisiana end up play ice hockey?
In this podcast you will learn:
- His career choice and what made him want to become a Sports Dietitian
- His current schedule as a traveling RD to various Sports teams around the US.
- How he became the first Sports Dietitian in collegiate athletics and the start up of Nebraska’s nutrition program. His fortune of working with all time great Tom Obsourne.
- The growth of Sports RD’s in the college, professional, and military and special forces. What did it take to get there and why did it take so long.
- What the Sports Dietitian does in their full time role with a team, especially at the collegiate level.
- Some the concerns Dave has seen with Food and Supplement safety.
- Why some collegiate teams have hired 2 full-time Sports Dietitians on their staff and whether this trend will continue.
- What advantages of a university or team with a Sports Dietitian have over those who do not have one
- Why haven’t professional teams employed more full-time Sports Dietitians.
- Where does he see the field of Sports Dietetics in 10 years.
- How the group CPSDA (Collegiate, Professional Sports Dietitians Association) got started?
Links and Resources
Dave’s Websites and Social Media Contacts