The Sports Nutrition Fellowship offered by Drexel University’s Center for Nutrition & Performance (CNP) is a fellowship designed to provide Registered Dietitians with hands-on experiences in sports nutrition while while earning a maximum of 75 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), as Drexel University is an Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetics and Registration (CDR). Candidates will work directly with the Drexel University Sports Dietitians and Division I athletes, Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), Philadelphia Union (MLS), and US Squash teams from September 3, 2019 through January 1, 2020. Candidates will be required to work for 20-24 hours per week at various facilities including the Flyers training facility in Voorhees, NJ, the Union training facility in Chester, PA, and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
The mission of the Center for Nutrition & Performance is to provide evidence-based nutritional advice to the entire Drexel community for maintenance and improvement of overall health, focusing on the following principles: lifelong health, respect for each individual’s needs, and performance (athletic and cognitive). Center for Nutrition & Performance fellows are responsible for perpetuating the integrity of our mission through their action and experiences throughout the length of the program.
Center for Nutrition & Performance Team Member
Be an integral part of the team that leads the way to create and execute the mission of the Drexel Center for Nutrition & Performance
Develop integrated protocols to include comprehensive assessment, evaluation, and outcomes for individual athletes, teams and coaches.
Provide consistent communication to coaching staff, strength & conditioning staff, athletic trainers, team physicians, sport psychologist, and administration regarding sports nutrition and sports performance related issues.
Collaborate with relevant health care providers within the Sports Medicine department’s existing health care network by making referrals when appropriate.
Serve as a member of an interdisciplinary, integrated performance team charge with screening, treatment and prevention of disordered eating and eating disorders as necessary.
Serve as a member of the menu management team for the fueling stations, charged with enhancing the nutritional content of recipes and production techniques for nutritionally adequate meals for athletic performance and recovery.
Evaluate sports supplements, including research of herbal supplements for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy, and continual research of the changing sports supplement industry.
Responsible for assisting with ordering, inventory, and procurement of goods through necessary vendors for all athletic fueling stations.
Nutrition Education: One-on-one
Assess and counsel athletes on medical-related nutrition concerns utilizing appropriate Medical Nutrition Therapy techniques conditions such as but not limited to anemia, disordered eating, diabetes, bone mineral disturbances, amenorrhea, dyslipidemia, hypertension, gastrointestinal concerns, food allergies and intolerances, and other medical conditions.
Recommend appropriate pre-, during, and post-exercise fluids and snacks for individual training, team practice, and competition.
Provide assessment and counseling for sport-specific and gender-specific recommendations regarding optimal body composition and weight for good health and optimal athletic performance.
Identify at risk clients and facilitate referral services as needed.
Follow-up with referrals, and document outcomes.
Nutrition Education: Group
Serves as a nutrition resource for coaches, teachers, trainers, food service personnel, sports medical staff, academic services staff, and others within the department as appropriate.
Serve as catalyst for information on complementary and alternative nutrition modalities for coaches, teachers, trainers, food service personnel, and parents.
Develop passive education materials, programs, and events on various nutrition topics meeting the needs of the diverse student population.
Implement sport-specific hydration protocols to prevent heat related illness and promote health through adequate hydration.
Coordination of the development and oversight of nutrition education material production, social media, and on-site athlete dining education.
Provide team-specific nutrition trainings and recommendations.
Maintain professional competency and skills required for professional practice, including but not limited to current food, nutrition, and health issues and research related to sports nutrition.
Maintain knowledge of and compliance with specific league and NCAA, rules that relate to this position is required.
Maintain registered dietitian credential and PA licensure.
Qualifications, Minimum Education, & Experience:
Current Registered Dietitian credential
Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Dietetics
Completion of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) didactic education requirements
Current licensure in Pennsylvania
Familiarity with sports nutrition preferred
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to lift, move, push and pull equipment or boxes in excess of 40 pounds
Should be able to handle outdoor temperatures for a reasonable period of time
Ability to work flexible hours to include nights, weekends, and holidays
Fellows will have the opportunity to provide per diem individual nutrition counseling through Drexel University’s Nutrition Sciences Services outpatient clinic during the fellowship
Additional Job Description:
Program Fee: $3,000 due in full August 26, 2019. Includes 75 CPEUs and over 300 documented hours of experience in specialty practice towards CSSD application requirements.
Program Dates: September 3, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Contact: Please send cover letter, resume, and references to Kellsey Frank, Assistant Director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance, email@example.com