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Performance-Centered Plant-Based Diets for Athletes

This session's goal is to help health professionals honor an athlete's choice of diet while providing needed nutrients for optimal health and performance.

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This product is free for SCAN members.

This webinar was presented live on May 27, 2020.

Athletes desire peak performance, brought about by the enhanced ability to train, recover, adapt, and compete. The intersection of diet and performance is taking on new complexities with emerging interests in environmental sustainability and plant-based eating. From popular documentaries touting the desirability of vegan diets to alarm calls from environmental activists on the climate hazards of eating meat, many athletes have questions about plant-based diets. Sports dietitians have always encouraged a performance-based eating plan, but could the current interest in plant-based eating help us reinforce our messages on healthy diets that are tailored to optimize performance and support planetary health?

This session will look at the myriad of plant-based eating options that are consistent with the established tenets of performance nutrition as well as what sustainability can mean to active individuals whose primary interest in nutrition is centered on improved performance. Pros and cons of differing plant-based eating plans will be discussed, including vitamin and mineral gaps that can occur when eliminating animal foods and the anabolic potential of plant proteins to support muscle protein synthesis.

Practical tips for promoting a sustainable eating pattern will round out the session with the goal of helping health professionals honor an athlete’s choice of diet while at the same time providing needed nutrients for optimal health and performance.

CPEU: 1.0

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the varied meanings associated with plant-based diets and how potential nutrient gaps can be addressed.
  2. Discuss the role of plant proteins in promoting muscle protein synthesis.
  3. List practical tips that athletes can follow that are consistent with environmental sustainability and performance nutrition.


Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, FAND
Professor Emerita, Georgia State University
Nutrition Consultant, Chris Rosenbloom Food & Nutrition Services, LLC

Dr. Rosenbloom is president of Chris Rosenbloom Food and Nutrition Services, LLC. She enjoys working with a variety of food and nutrition partners to synthesize nutrition research literature and develop communications for health professionals and consumers. In 2017, Dr. Rosenbloom, along with Dr. Bob Murray, published Food & Fitness After 50. Dr. Rosenbloom is a professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University, where for 30 years she held various teaching and administrative positions, including department chair and associate dean. She was the sports dietitian for the Georgia Tech athletes for 10 years. As an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she chaired the Academy Positions Committee for two years, chaired the SCAN practice group; edited two editions of Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals and served as assistant editor for the 6th edition released in 2017. She was an Academy spokesperson for eleven years. In 2019 she was honored with the Academy's Medallion Award, for lifetime achievement. Currently, she volunteers with the Hart County High School sports teams to provide nutrition advice for sports performance and is a health coach for the local telecommunications company. She received a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Kent State University in 1973 and completed her dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota in 1974. Her doctorate was earned in sociology with a gerontology concentration from Georgia State University in 1989.

Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM
Managing Principal
Sports Science Insights, LLC

Bob Murray is managing principal of Sports Science Insights, LLC, a consulting group that assists companies and organizations in need of targeted expertise in exercise science and sports nutrition. SSI's clients range from start-ups to larger companies such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Clif Bar, Dogfish Head Brewery, Gryphon Investors, and Aegis Sciences Corporation. Prior to starting SSI in August 2008, Dr. Murray was co-founder and director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (1985 to 2008). Dr. Murray’s research and publications on the hydration needs of athletes and the physiological and performance responses to fluid, carbohydrate, and electrolyte ingestion have contributed to the broader understanding of the importance of being well hydrated during exercise and of the role that carbohydrates and electrolytes play in helping athletes and non-athletes alike get the most out of their bodies during physical activity. Dr. Murray has served on the faculties of Boise State University (1980-1985; Associate Professor), Ohio State University (1979-1980; Lecturer), and Oswego State University (1974-1977; Assistant Professor and Men's Swimming & Diving Coach). Bob received his PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University, is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and an honorary member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bob and his wife, Linda, reside in Crystal Lake, IL, 55 miles northwest of Chicago.

Release Date: May 27, 2020


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