Professional and collegiate sports are big business. For example, according to Plunkett Research, the National Football League had estimated revenues of nine billion dollars in 2010. Sports are a highly competitive business and organizations are looking for every way possible to maximize their athletes’ performance. Nutrition is a very important factor in determining how an athlete performs. Nowadays, every professional sports teams and many collegiate teams have a nutritionist on staff. U.S. Olympic athletes also have sports nutritionists help them prepare to win gold for their respective sport.
Athletes undergo rigorous physical activity. They require much different diets than the general public in order to deliver optimal performance. Sports nutritionists help athletes perform at their best. They craft diet plans for the athlete, tailoring it their body type, position and sport in which they participate.
What Sports Nutritionists Do
Sports nutritionists guide and track their athlete’s diets with respect to such factors as calories, carbohydrates, proteins, and other essential nutrients. They also help provide counsel and guidance regarding vitamins, supplements, and fluid intake. Athletes in sports such as weight lifting, body–building, cycling, running, triathlon, wresting, and football typically rely most on nutritionists but all athletes can benefit from their counsel.
Sports nutritionist may work in conjunction with team physicians, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and others who work for the athletic team. The sports nutritionist salary can exceed more than $100,000 whebn working for professional teams.