Renowned sports dietitian to present at CMU

The president of Sports Alliance Inc., and the first president of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association will give a public lecture at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 pm in the Maverick Center, Room 155.

Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS, will discuss the importance of diet to athletic success in a presentation entitled, “Nutritional Myths and Practices of Successful Athletes:  Implications for Active, Non-Elite Performance.”

Competitive athletes have come to understand the benefits of good nutrition to athletic performance, according to Ellis.

With the dramatic growth in the number of sports registered dietitians and the increased number of teams in both the collegiate and professional ranks employing nutrition professionals, today’s athlete is much more versed on the importance of diet to success on the field than were athletes of a generation ago, Ellis wrote in a description of his presentation.

This is not to say, however, that athletes don’t or can’t fall prey to exotic claims for nutritional products, diets, and supplements that promise enhanced performance, improved physique, or other physical benefits, he said.

Through scientific data and anecdotal information culled from real life examples of elite athletes’ dietary practices, this session will provide information on diets, foods, and supplements that have been proven to enhance physical performance as well as nutritional practices of dubious efficacy. Information on how the non-elite, physically active person can use diet to their advantage will also be discussed.

With more than 30 years of experience working with top athletes and numerous collegiate and professional teams, Ellis is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in the world of sports nutrition and an innovator for his training table designs and approach to body composition and frame assessment of athletes.

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