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The Practical Assessment and Management of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Adequate energy relative to energy expenditure is essential for the health and performance of college athletes.

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This webinar was presented live on April 23, 2020.

Adequate energy relative to energy expenditure is essential for the health and performance of college athletes. Low energy availability, which underpins relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S), effects both short- and long-term athletic performance and is associated with serious health concerns. Thus, registered dietitians specializing in fueling human performance require accurate tools to identify athletes with potential disordered eating or eating disorders. The energy availability calculation is a well-known tool to estimate energy deficits. Unfortunately, estimating energy availability is often impractical and challenging in a clinical setting. This equation requires the determination of fat free mass, energy intake and energy output. Individuals struggling with disordered eating often overestimate energy intake, invalidating the use of the equation. This session will explore strategies to identify high risk individuals during the pre-participation physical exam as well as a practical assessment in a sports clinic setting. A review of the literature examining low energy availability will set the stage for the translation of research into practice including assessment strategies and on-going nutrition management. Attendees can use this information to develop therapeutic protocols to support and guide this unique athlete population.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review the pathophysiology of starvation and its relevance to the Relative Energy Deficiency in Sports (REDs)
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of the current assessment strategies for REDS 
  3. Describe alternate methods to assess REDs and refueling strategies
  4. Describe key components needed to develop protocols for collegiate athletes


Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE, FAND

Roberta Anding is the clinical and sports dietitian for the Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs team. She is an Assistant Professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Roberta is faculty at Rice University where she serves as the Sports Dietitian for the Rice Owls. She is currently the sports dietitian for the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros MLB franchise. She is the former sports dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise and the Houston Ballet.

Roberta has been honored with the SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Dietetic Practice group) Achievement Award in 2011. She received the Texas Distinguished Dietitian Award in 2008, and the Texas Dietetic Association Media Award in 2006. For the past nine years, Roberta was Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Media Spokesperson for Houston and remains active in the Houston and national media.

Release Date: April 23, 2020


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