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Keynote Session 1: Sports Science Applications in Performance Nutrition

The first installment of SHPN’s 2022 Keynote Sessions covers tools for dietitians in a collaborative environment and sports science applications in performance nutrition.

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This webinar was presented live on April 8, 2022.

SHPN Student Price: $15.00

The first installment of SHPN's 2022 Keynote Sessions features two 1-hour presentations and covers tools for dietitians in a collaborative environment and sports science applications in performance nutrition.

CPEU: 2.0
CPE Level: 3

Presentation 1: The High Performance Team: Tools for Dietitians in a Collaborative Environment

Working in human performance requires teamwork across disciples to achieve success. The increased availability of information to dietitians necessitates the ability to interpret, make decisions and implement solutions in rapidly changing environments. This session will focus on how dietitians can utilize performance technologies & statistical tools to improve decision making and thrive in a collaborative environment.

Learning Objectives

  1. Creating a framework for informed decision making and evaluate its effectiveness
  2. Improving collaboration in a multidisciplinary approach
  3. Statistical & technological tools to improve daily practice


Travis Vlantes, M.S., CSCS

Travis Vlantes joined the St. David's Healthcare/Sports Science staff at The University of Texas in 2017 as Director of Applied Sports Science. During his time at UT, the applied sports science department has continued to expand the scope of information provided to coaches and student-athletes. On-field results have mirrored the growth in sports science as Texas Athletics has finished fifth, fourth and first in the Learfield IMG College Directors Cup during the past four years (2019-2020 was not awarded due to COVID-19).

Prior to arriving at Texas, Travis spent three years at the University of Wyoming as an assistant sports performance coach. While at Wyoming, he worked with several Olympic sports teams implementing athlete monitoring, publishing research and serving as the internship coordinator.

Travis was an assistant strength & conditioning coach at West Texas A&M for two years while teaching undergraduate classes in kinesiology and interdisciplinary studies. Travis holds a master's degree in exercise science from West Texas A&M and is certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, as well as a Level 1 sports performance coach through USA Weightlifting.

A 2010 graduate of Wartburg College, Travis was a 4-year member of the Knight's football team, earning his degree in Biology and completing sports performance internships with the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa. Travis, his wife Chantel and their son Easton reside in Leander, Texas.

Presentation 2: Sports Science Applications in Performance Nutrition

The field of sports science integrates physiology, nutrition and performance improvement. The following session will highlight the synergy between sports science, data collection and interpretation, athlete tracking and nutritional assessment and role of the practicing sports dietitian.

Learning Objectives

  1. Integrate the scope of sport science in sport dietetic practice
  2. Apply sport science applications in body composition assessment, thermoregulatory testing, biochemical and energy expenditure areas of practice.
  3. Review the roles of sport science staff on teams and how dietitians can work together to advance player outcomes and performance


Jennifer Gibson, MS, RD, CSSD

Jennifer Gibson is in her eight season as the Bears Sport Science Coordinator & Sport Dietitian and has 16 years of experience in elite sport. Previous to the Bears, she was a senior sport dietitian and applied physiologist with the United States Olympic Committee and within the Canadian Olympic sport system (2006-2015). Her sports included combat, acrobat, team and winter sports.

She also consulted in professional sport including the New Orleans Saints (2013-15), Vancouver Whitecaps MLS (2006-2011), Women's Tennis Association Pro Tour (2006-2013) and within the NBA (2013-2014). She has traveled to over 20 countries to service her athletes including two Olympic Games (2010, 2012), two Pan American Games (2007, 2011), one Canada Winter Games (2007), six world championships, and over 30 professional tournaments/games.

Gibson also served as an adjunct sport nutrition lecturer for the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs (2011-2015), and is active in research, having published nine peer reviewed scientific papers and seven-book contributions. Gibson completed her bachelor's degree at Ryerson University and her dietetic education at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada.

Her masters in Exercise Science was completed at the University of Victoria in Victoria, Canada. She is a distinguished graduate of the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sport Nutrition and a Level III certified anthropometrist with the International Society for the Advancement of Anthropometry. Jennifer is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics with the American Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition.

Release Date: April 8, 2022


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