Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD is currently speaking at the conference on the topic of supplements. The most immediate learning from the presentation is that the nutrition needs for every athlete are going to be unique. Strength and conditioning professionals are doing their athletes a disservice if we don't take the time to fully evaluate the unique needs of each athlete including their nutrition history, their goals for the future and what is truly best for the athlete.
Marie is an expert in her field. I won't write the details of her presentation here, but you can find more information about about Marie on her website at: http://www.mariespano.com. If you are an athlete looking to better understand how nutrition can play a role in helping you maximize your athletic performance, or a coach who works with athletes to do the same, I would not hesitate to seek out Marie for her knowledge and advice.
In today's presentation Marie covered a range of topics from the role strength and conditioning coaches should play in ensuring that they bring the right nutritional knowledge to their athletes, to the challenges in telling different supplements apart. She also covered the potential pros/cons of different types of supplements (stimulants, protein, post-workout supplements) and discussed the issue of when supplements should ideally be taken to maximize their benefits.
A few other notes from her presentation:
More to come from the 2014 conference soon....