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Keynote Session 2: Biomarkers Session 1

What can Biomarkers tell you about the health and nutrition status of an athlete? This session features two 90-minute presentations that cover the Omega-3 Index and Hydration Status from two respected scientists in nutritional physiology!

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Nonmember Price $65.00

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This webinar was presented live on April 27, 2022.

CPEU: 3.0
CPE Level: 3

Presentation 1: Biomarkers of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Status in Athletes

In this lecture, Dr. Jackson will be reviewing the Omega-3 Index as a biomarker of nutritional status as well as a predictor of outcomes related to athletes and athletic performance. She will also provide context for how to use the Omega-3 Index both in practice, to personalize nutritional guidance for athletes, and in research, in how to interpret the literature.


Kristina Harris Jackson

Kristina Harris Jackson received a B.A. in Biology from Augustana University in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and joined OmegaQuant Analytics (founded by her father!) in 2015. She is Director of Research at OmegaQuant and an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She co-invented with Dr. Harris the Mother's Milk DHA and Prenatal DHA Tests. Dr. Jackson has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, and book chapters on multiple aspects of nutrition, in addition to consulting with clients on how to improve their fatty acid status.

Presentation 2: Biomarkers of Hydration Status in Athletes

This presentation will review the biochemical and physical consequences of dehydration in athletes and discuss practical application for sports dietitian nutritionists.


Robert A. Huggins Ph.D., ATC - Korey Stringer Institute, President of Research and Athlete Performance and Safety, Department of Kinesiology, Assistant Research Professor, University of Connecticut

Dr. Huggins is currently the Vice President of Research and Athlete Performance & Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute. His is responsibilities include the supervision, management, and coordination of research initiatives currently conducted by KSI. Furthermore, Rob conducts performance testing on athletes who are looking to enhance their performance through the use of scientific insights. Rob has been a licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007 and has experience at mass medical events such as the Falmouth Road Race, Boston Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon where he has treated more than 65 cases of exertional heat stroke. Prior to his role at KSI, he started the club sports Athletic Training Programs at both Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Huggins focuses on two major areas of research, athlete health and safety and athlete performance. From a health and safety in sport perspective, his research has focused on improving Athletic Training services at the secondary school level, emergency best practices in youth athletes, and the economic impact of medical services rendered by Athletic Trainers. From an exercise science perspective, his research interests include heat illness and the assessment of physiological biomarkers, exercise stress, and training load on sport performance.

Dr. Huggins is the 2013 EATA Frank George Award winner and the 2013 NEACSM David Camaione Award winner. He has spoken at national conferences including the NATA and ACSM meetings and the 2016 Boston Athletic Association medical meeting. He served as co-chair of the 2016 Youth Sports Safety Governing Bodies Meeting and member of the organizing committee and speaker for the 2016 Collaborative Solutions for Safety in Sport Meeting. He has been an author on ~20 publications including the 2013 "Inter-Association Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in Secondary School Athletics Programs: Best Practices Recommendations." He has also co-authored two chapters in "Quick Questions in Heat-Related Illness and Hydration" Recently Dr. Huggins has studied elite soccer athletes, collegiate soccer players, professional football players, cyclists, and ultra-marathoners. Rob has been married to his high school sweetheart Christina for 7 years and they have two boys, Landon and Weston.

Release Date: April 27, 2022


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