Symposium Session: A Play-by-Play: Helping Athletes Put a Sports Nutrition Plan into Practice

Athletes today face incredible demands to succeed—not only from coaches and trainers but also from peers and parents. For many developing athletes, understanding what, when, and how much they need to eat is the easy part; it’s being able to put the plan into practice that’s the challenge. 

Join Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, for an overview of the physical, physiological, and emotional changes that occur before, during, and after puberty, through adolescent development, and into the collegiate years. Through exploration of a variety of case studies, Heather will demonstrate the diversity of the developmental stages, social challenges, and fueling issues dietitians may encounter when working with competitive athletes during the years that are difficult for athletes to properly fuel for health, growth, and sports performance. She will provide guidance, tips, and resources RDs can use to assess, guide, and counsel athletes about proper fueling and when injured, successful return to play.

This is not a webinar or course for purchase - this is a module for credit claiming for our 2024 Spring Symposium attendees and cannot be purchased or taken by non-attendees. These sessions are exclusive to our Symposium; however, the topics may be revisited in the future in the form of a webinar or self-study course.

Learning Objectives


  1. Describe the physical, physiological, and social challenges and pressures that must be considered when working with adolescent athletes through collegiate years.
  2. Explain the diversity of developmental stages, sports, training levels, health issues, and fueling challenges encountered when working with athletes across the lifespan.
  3. Counsel client athletes on proper fueling for health, growth, development, and sports performance, including preparation for return to play.

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Heather Mangieri, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, is an internationally recognized RD, a board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, and an author with a passion for sports nutrition and nutrition science. Her company, Heather Mangieri Nutrition, provides counseling, consulting, and communication services for athletes, organizations, and companies focused on health and wellness.
As a sports dietitian and nutrition counselor, Mangieri helps athletes properly fuel for health, growth, development, and sports performance, and she provides nutrition therapy for athletes with disordered eating and eating disorders. She also consults with schools, organizations, and companies to create age-appropriate, science-based sports nutrition content, policies, and screening tools to meet the needs of student athletes. 

Mangieri also works as a consultant to food and nutrition industries, where she uses her expertise to advise, write, edit, and review content to ensure it’s evidence based, is easy to understand, and resonates with consumers. She served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for eight years and currently sits on the board of editors for the Academy’s online Sports Nutrition Care Manual. Her solid reputation as a trusted source of evidence-based food and nutrition information has resulted in hundreds of national and local interviews and content for TV, radio, podcasts, and print and digital publications. As a spokesperson, Mangieri uses her expertise to educate, create nutritious recipes, and develop and deliver science-based messages for the media, industries, and brands that align with her likes and values.

The faculty and planners of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

An “ineligible company” includes any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products use by or on patients.

In support of improving patient care, Great Valley Publishing Company is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

This activity will also award credit for dietetics (CDR CPEU). 

RDs and DTRs are to select activity type 102 in their Activity Log. Sphere and Competency selection is at the learner’s discretion.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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