My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

“I will work with you and help you identify what it is you can do to improve all aspects of your health and performance to help you achieve your goals.”

Sports Dietitian

Pratik Patel, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

Pratik Patel is a veteran Sports Dietitian and Strength and Conditioning Coach.  Most recently he was an Assistant Coach with the New York Giants as the Director of Performance Nutrition and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and was the team's longest tenured coach on the coaching staff at the time. He was one of the first in the country to hold dual primary full time roles and also the first south Asian and minority on a professional coaching staff in this capacity.

Prior to his arrival at the Giants Pratik worked over 7 years at the collegiate level at Kansas State, Michigan State, and the University of Oregon where he had the opportunity to build, grow, and integrate sports nutrition departments from the ground up and worked with numerous championship winning teams across a number of sports with a heavy emphasis on football and basketball.  

Pratik is originally from Shawnee, Kansas and went on to receive his undergraduate degree in Dietetics and Master's in Kinesiology from Kansas State University, where he also acted as the Sports Dietitian for the Men's Basketball team and conducted one of the first High Intensity Functional Training (HIFT) studies which has since spawned a growth of research at Kansas State in the Functional Intensity Training lab in a number of different populations including the US Army. He began his career in sports as an intern learning from the staff at the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, and at the University of Kansas.

Patel is a Registered Dietitian and board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

  • The integrated NFL dual role (plus sleep and recovery and biomarker management)
  • Longest tenured on coaching staff at the time, first South Asian on one in the pros
  • Worked with 2 NFL All-Pros, 6 Pro Bowlers, 33 NFL Draft Picks (7-1st Rounders), 7 NBA Draft Picks, 2 PGA Tour Players, and 3 USATF Olympians
  • Created one of the most progressive and integrated departments when at Oregon
  • Worked with dozens of different team and individual sports and thousands of athletes
  • Part of numerous championship winning teams highlighted by 2 Rose Bowls wins, 1 CFP National Championship appearance, and 1 Cotton Bowl victory


What others are saying about Pratik....

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “I had the pleasure of working alongside Pratik for three years in a high-performance, applied setting. Success in this environment requires high levels of problem solving, effective communication, the ability to motivate many types of athletes, and an incessant thirst for continual learning. Pratik excelled in the aforementioned spaces, but what differentiates Pratik within the sports performance realm, is his ability to tie in, and educate the athlete on other areas that may impact performance and contribute to the holistic development of the individual, including sleep, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices. Pratik is, without a doubt, a leader in the field.”

    Sr. Asst. Athletic Director for Football Performance Indiana University Athletics

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Throughout my 7 year career I learned more about my body and nutrition in the 2 years I spent in New York with Pratik. Pratik genuinely cares about you, your body, and your goals. Day in and day out he harped on the finer details of nutrition/recovery and did a great job of explaining what and why we were implementing different things into our regime. Overall Pratik challenged myself and my teammates to take our strength, nutrition, recovery, and even sleep very seriously. Which in term made us function at an extremely high level both physically and cognitively.”

    Former NFL Veteran WR

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Throughout my 7 year career I learned more about my body and nutrition in the 2 years I spent in New York with Pratik. Pratik genuinely cares about you, your body, and your goals. Day in and day out he harped on the finer details of nutrition/recovery and did a great job of explaining what and why we were implementing different things into our regime. Overall Pratik challenged myself and my teammates to take our strength, nutrition, recovery, and even sleep very seriously. Which in term made us function at an extremely high level both physically and cognitively.”

    New York Giants OL

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Pratik is the best nutritionist and sport performance coaches I’ve been around, and a great person on top of that. Being a nutritionist was never just a job for him, it was his passion, and his effort and expertise never went unnoticed. He was always the hardest working guy in the facility. He was constantly on the leading edge of nutrition and sports science, and when he wasn’t going above and beyond to prepare us for practice, recovery or game day he was reading research papers and journals finding new ways to improve his role as a nutritionist and make us better. He would take what he learned, apply it, challenge it, and experiment on himself if he had to. He catered to the individual needs of every player, and gave us every possible advantage to improve our athletic abilities. If we didn’t perform on field, it wasn’t because he didn’t give us the nutritional tools to do so. Again, he’s the best of the best in the realm of sport performance, and it was an honor to work with him.”

    Former NFL Veteran TE

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “I have been working with Pratik for more than two years. In my time with him he has really helped me. He has depth of knowledge, and clearly constantly learning and absorbing the most recent research. Pratik is intelligent and passionate he is also a good communicator, motivator, and is able to successfully apply all that he knows into results. My lean body mass has increased and my body fat has decreased allowing me to be able to play though long NFL seasons at my peak physical condition.”

    NFL Veteran OL New York Giants 2 x Super Bowl Champion (XLIX, LI)

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Pratik Patel was a huge asset for me during my time with the New York Giants. Pratik had an answer for every problem I had with my Strength & Conditioning, Recovery, and Nutrition. He helped me over the years develop a routine that I still use to this day to get my body and mind right for football games and practices. I firmly believe Pratik played a huge role in my success earning a starting spot on the New York Giants Offensive Line. In 2018 I had a season ending ankle injury that required extensive surgery and a long recovery. In 2019 Pratik helped me get back on the field and back to my starting role with the help of his Strength & Conditioning expertise and his intelligent nutrition background. Without a doubt, Pratik is one of the smartest coaches I’ve ever had in my football career. Truly blessed to have crossed paths with Pratik. ”

    NFL Veteran OL Denver Broncos

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Pratik has been an instrumental part in me understanding peak performance on so many levels. From sleep to nutrition it has not only help me perform as an athlete but showing up as a man every single day. I’m grateful for Pratik in his information and how it applies to my every day life.”

    NFL Veteran WR New Orleans Saints Super Bowl 50 Champion

  • My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

    “Pratik was extremely helpful during his time with the Giants. Every week I would go to him with questions on how to better my nutrition and I always walked away with the tools for improvement. His education on nutrition helped me become a better athlete and football player. ”

    New York Giants TE