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June 21st to 25th, 2021
All Live Sessions are Free

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Starts June 21st @ 12pm CST









Who is this Symposium for?

  • Dietitians and Dietetic Students
  • Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaches
  • Physical Therapists
  • Sports Scientists
  • College Faculty
  • Researchers
  • Sports Medicine Students
  • Sports Medicine Clinicians
  • Personal Trainers
  • Sports Medicine Physicians

Speaker & Topic Lineup

Daniel J Owens, Ph.D., AFHEA, SENr

Exercise Induced Muscle Damage:
Etiology and Nutritional Strategies to Consider
Monday June 21st @ 12pm CST

Sara Oikawa, Ph.D.

Protein Metabolism and Recommendations for Athletes
Monday June 21st @ 7pm CST

Paul Klinger

Dietary Supplement Adulteration and
3rd Party Certification Testing

Tuesday June 22nd @ 12pm CST

Shawn Pitcher, MS, RD, LD & 
Greg Young, Ph.D., CMPC

Mindset and Fueling
Tuesday June 22nd @ 7pm CST

Jamie Pugh, Ph.D.

Probiotics and Athletes: What the Practitioner Should Know
Wednesday June 23rd @ 12pm CST

Scott Forbes, Ph.D., CISSN

The Versatility of Creatine for Optimal Health and
Athletic Performance
Thursday June 24th @ 7pm CST

Christine Karpinski, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, LDN

Food Insecurity in Collegiate Athletes
Thursday June 24th @ 12pm CST

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN

Meal Planning for Athletes: How to Overcome the
Monotony and Scale Your Efforts
Wednesday June 23rd @ 7pm CST


Abbie Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FACSM, FNSCA, FISSN

Nutritional Recommendations for Maximizing Body Composition and Metabolism
Friday June 25th @ 12pm CST

What others are saying about our symposium...

My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

“The Sports Nutrition Symposiums provide an interactive learning experience on a variety of topics and also allow for interactions between you and the audience members. It is a great opportunity for not only sports RD's, but others on the performance team to hear from experts in the field. I am so thankful to Tavis and Ronnie for putting on such an amazing event.”

Head of Nutrition, IMG Academy

My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

“I have attended both Eat2Win Sports Nutrition Symposium 1.0 and 2.0 and they both surpassed my expectations! The Symposiums provided an array of presenters hitting on several areas of sports nutrition practices. You can tell a great deal of work goes in to preparing for each of the Symposiums. Registration for the events are very simple, you are provided several reminders about each of the session events that have simple links for you to click on and join the session. The sessions are well organize and the staff respect the presenter's time and the time of the audience. The presenters chosen for these events are among the best I have ever seen at any of the many sports nutrition conferences I have attended in years past. The presenters are professionals in their field and come with years of experience. They come well prepared and use up-to-date evidenced based information in their education and then offer to stay following their presentation to answer individual "on the spot" questions posted by the audience. Trust me...if you want to advance your skill and knowledge as a sports dietitian, you will not want to miss Eat2Win Sports Nutrition Symposium 3.0...they just keep getting better! ”

Assistant Professor/Sports Dietitian

Meet our Presenters

Daniel J Owens. PhD, AFHEA, SENr 400 x 400 black background

Daniel is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. His research team investigates how nutrients interact with muscle to augment adaptations to exercise and promote muscle health. Daniel is also a registrant of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition register in the UK and provides nutrition support to elite and sub-elite athletes.

Sara Oikawa, Ph.D. 400 x 400 black background

Sara Oikawa is an R&D Senior Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) satellite lab at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Science Kinesiology, Masters of Science in Kinesiology, and her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Sara has worked with a wide variety of populations (healthy young and older adults, pregnancy, cardiovascular rehabilitation, elite athletes) and physical activity models (resistance exercise, inactivity, HIIT) in her research with a focus on muscle protein metabolism. Specifically, Sara is interested in the impact of dietary protein quality on muscle protein synthesis through alterations in physical activity.

In her role at GSSI, Sara primarily supports research initiatives, as well as provides support for protein related claims and strategy. In her spare time, Sara enjoys travelling, hiking, cooking, and watching Toronto based sports teams.

Greg Young, Ph.D., CMPC 400 x 400 black background

Originally from Newcastle, England, Dr. Greg Young played collegiate soccer at Berry College and earned a degree in Physical Education - Teacher Education. He attended the University of Tennessee and earned his M.S. and Ph.D in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior. While studying, he taught the physical education activity program and served as a graduate assistant for sport psychology for the University of Tennessee athletic department.

Paul Klinger 400 x 400 Blackground

Paul Klinger is the Business Development Director for LGC Science, an international life sciences measurement and testing company. Paul joined LGC in 2008, where he developed and managed the Informed-Choice and Informed Sport dietary supplement certification programs in North America. Paul is now responsible for the Global Business Development and Commercial Operations related to finished goods and manufacturing quality assurance programs for LGC.

Shawn Pitcher, MS,RD, LD 400 x 400 blackbackground

Shawn Pitcher is originally from upstate New York. He played football collegiately at a division three school called Buffalo State University as a defensive tackle. Shawn holds a bachelors in dietetics and nutrition, a master’s in human performance and has completed one year of doctoral work in sports nutrition. He has worked at every level of athletics including, high school, division 1,2,3, NFL combine, private facilities and pre-Olympic athletes. Shawn’s philosophy starts with behavior change, establishing new routines and science back research. It is important that we put effort into understanding who the athlete is and their background to truly be able to implement the best plan of action to fit their specific needs.

Jamie Pugh (PhD) 400 x 400 black background

Dr Jamie Pugh (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher at Liverpool John Moores University. During his PhD and current work, he has looked at the effect exercise can have on the gastrointestinal system and in more recent work, looked at the effects probiotic supplementation can have on endurance athletes. He has also worked as a consultant nutritionist and physiologist for a number of professional teams, marathon runners, and extreme endurance athletes.

Scott Forbes, Ph.D., CISSN 400 x 400 Black Background

Dr. Scott Forbes is an associate professor in the department of Physical Education Studies at Brandon University and an adjunct professor in the faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. Dr. Forbes is a certified sport nutritionist (CISSN), clinical exercise physiologist (CSEP), and high performance specialist (CSEP). Dr. Forbes has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 5 book chapters. His research examines various nutritional (e.g., creatine and protein) and exercise interventions to enhance performance and function in a variety of populations, including athletes and aging adults.

Christine Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN 400 x 400 black background

Dr. Karpinski is an exercise physiologist and registered dietitian and is Professor and Chair of the department of Nutrition at West Chester University. She is a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). Chris earned her BS at West Chester University in exercise science and played field hockey and lacrosse. She earned her Master’s degree from Immaculata University and her PhD from Rutgers University with her doctoral research project involving the athletes at WCU. She served as the Chair of the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group (SCAN), a 5,000-member dietetic practice group in 2020-2021. She is a member of ACSM, PINES, and CPSDA. Dr. Karpinski is the editor-in-chief for “Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals”, 6th edition, which was published in September 2017. She is nationally renowned for publishing and presenting on the topic of providing collegiate sports nutrition services for small budget programs and the critical need to hire sports and human performance dietitians. She is collaborating with other sports RDs on an emerging area of research - food insecurity in collegiate athletes, which may help support efforts to find funding for nutrition services to collegiate athletes.

Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN 400 x 400 black background

Tavis Piattoly is the co-founder and Director of Sports Nutrition Education for My Sports Dietitian ( ), an online sports nutrition education company that helps athletes of all levels improve their eating habits to enhance performance, recovery, and health through the guidance of a Licensed Sports Dietitian. Tavis is also the Education Program Manager for the Taylor Hooton Foundation where he has the opportunity to speak to High School, Colleges, and at Major League Ballparks on the dangers of Performance Enhancing Drugs and Dietary Supplements as well as how to incorporate good nutrition to fuel health and performance.

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCSD, FNSCA, FACSM 400 x 400 blackbackground

Abbie E. Smith-Ryan, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN is an Associate professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, where she serves as the Director of the Applied Physiology Lab. She is also and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Nutrition. Her research interests center around exercise and nutrition interventions to modify various aspects of body composition, cardiovascular health, and metabolic function. She is an active researcher in the field of metabolism, sport nutrition and exercise performance, in both healthy and clinical populations, leading projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and International and National industry sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Smith-Ryan contributes to the current body of scientific literature with over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts; a number of scholastic books and book chapters, and international/national presentations. She is actively involved in the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She was recognized by the NSCA as the Nutrition Researcher of the Year (2013) and the Young Investigator of the Year (2015). Dr. Smith-Ryan currently serves as a University liaison for the ‘Working on Women in Science (WOWS)’ initiative. She has a passion for improving the health and quality of life of others through evidenced-based research.

What others are saying about our symposium...

My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

“The Sports Nutrition Symposium was an amazing event, it delivered high-quality discussions on topics that are very relevant to the sport nutrition world right. The webinars were the perfect amount of time and left a lot of air time for questions from the audience. I am definitely looking forward to attending another professional development event by MySportsDietitian!”

Founder & Owner at FuelWithStef

My Sports Dietitian: Eat 2 Win

“I found the Sports Nutrition Symposium to be very worthwhile! The range they offered regarding relevant topics of interest, in addition to the speaker range & specialty were very valuable. I certainly will be attending more in the future, and feel it is something any sports specialist can attend.”

Registered Dietitian and Health Coach

Learn more about each session....

Exercise Induced Muscle Damage:
Etiology and Nutritional Strategies to Consider
What is it? What causes it and what are the practical solutions
Daniel J Owens. PhD, AFHEA, SENr
This talk will explore what Exercise Induced Muscle Damage (EIMD) is, it's causes and some practical nutritional solutions to mitigate the symptoms of EIMD.

Protein Metabolism and Recommendations for Athletes
Sara Oikawa, Ph.D.
Recommending protein intakes for athletes isn't a one size fits all approach. Understanding protein quality, amounts, and timing, can help you to provide more tailored recommendations to your athletes to help them perform at their best.

Dietary Supplement Adulteration and 3rd Party Certification Testing
What Practitioners Need to Know
Paul Klinger
With as many as 1 in 10 supplements contaminated or adulterated with banned substances in sport, this discussion will focus on the understanding of the risk of banned substance adulteration in supplements to better educate your athletes.

Mindset and Fueling
Applying a Self Determination Theory Approach to Changing High-School Athletes' Nutrition Behavior
Shawn Pitcher, MS, RD, LD & Greg Young, Ph.D., CMPC
In this presentation viewers will be guided through an understanding of the principles of Self-Determination theory as it applies to empowering high-school athletes to make productive behavior changes related to their nutrition. In addition, practical and applied considerations will be offered on how to foster a learning environment that promotes ownership and the development of skills needed for athletes to make such changes.

Probiotics and Athletes: What the Practitioner Should Know
Current research knowledge of probiotic supplementation 
Jamie Pugh, PhD
As our understanding of the wide role the gastrointestinal tract plays in our overall health, research into probiotic bacteria has boomed. This talk will discuss basic principles of probiotics, where there is some evidence for their use, and what athletes and practitioners should look out for.

Versatility of Creatine on Health and Performance
Creatine for Health and Performance
Scott Forbes, Ph.D., CISSN
In the presentation I will outline what creatine is, and how creatine supplementation can impact muscle, bone, and brain health. It is one of the few supplements that has consistently been shown in the scientific literature to be effective.

Food Insecurity Among Collegiate Athletes
What do We Know? Where do We Go?
Christine Karpinski, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN
Food insecurity and its associated effect on eating behaviors and health implications have become an emerging area of interest in both practice and research; even more so since the advent of the COVID pandemic. This presentation will discuss the limited research that has been done on this topic, how this largely ignored problem demands unique solutions and how we can use this information to leverage for more resources to help these student-athletes.

Meal Planning for Athletes 
How to Overcome the Monotony and Scale Efforts
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN
This presentation will provide an overview of how to create meal plans for athletes. The attendee will be able to learn how to scale their efforts and work more efficiently.

Nutritional Recommendations for Maximizing Body Composition and Metabolism
Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, CSCS*D, FACSM, FNSCA, FISSN
Nutritional and exercise approaches for alterations in body composition and metabolism will be discussed.

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