Heres your chance to learn from two internationally known experts at this intensive workshop on Nutrition & Exercise.
--Sports nutritionist Nancy Clark MS, RD is reknowned for her work with counseling athletes and exercisers.
--Exercise physiologist William Evans PhD is highly respected for his research with protein, weight, and aging.
They will be offering a 1.5 day program in Providence and Boston, as well as other cities (see below), that is designed to help coaches, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, sports nutritionists, sports medicine professionals as well as athletes themselves find answers to their questions about--
-eating for health, enhanced performance and longevity
-balancing carbs, protein and sports supplements
-managing weight and eating disorders.
Please see www.sportsnutritionworkshop.com for more details.
I was surprised to learn new information on a topic I thought I knew so well.
--Registered dietitian/personal trainer, Seattle
Upcoming workshop dates:
PROVIDENCE Aug 21-22, 2009
BOSTON/Peabody Oct 2-3
TORONTO Nov 13-14
BALTIMORE Jan 15-16, 2010
NEWARK Jan 29-30
PITTSBURGH Feb 26-27
NEW YORK CITY Mar 5-6
PHILADELPHIA Mar 12-13
ONLINE HOME STUDY Every day!
The workshop is available as a home study if you cannot attend in person.
Drinking is just a part of the culture for many college athletes. The result is hung-over students who fail to train and compete at their best. To address the problem of alcohol abuse among student-athletes, many college campuses are educating students about social normsthe beliefs about what is normal and expected in social situations. For example, despite popular belief, everyone does not drink nor do most students get drunk all the time.
A 1999 survey at Southern Methodist University asked these four questions to students on a Friday about alcohol use on the previous night:
Did you drink last night?
Did you get drunk last night?
What percentage of SMU students do you think drank last night?
What percentage of SMU students do you think got drunk last night?
The answers showed major misperceptions about alcohol norms:
-Only 20% of students surveyed reported drinking the previous night, yet they believed that over half drank.
-Only 8% reported getting drunk, yet they believed at least one-third got drunk.
-Of students who drank, most reported consuming only a few drinks per week. Yet they believed most students were drinking 10 to 15 drinks per week.
-35% reported abstaining from alcohol, but very few believed that many of their peers were non-drinkers.
With ongoing social norm education, students will actually change their drinking practices. For example, a three-year social-norm education program targeted Division III athletes in a NY State college. It contributed to a 30% drop in both excessive alcohol consumption and the negative consequences of drinking. Among student-athletes with the highest exposure to the program, personal alcohol misuse dropped 50%. (1) Given that athletes are often role models, this change can have a positive impact on the entire campus and potentially (eventually) our entire sports society.
The bottom line: You can abstain from alcohol and not be the only one who does so!
Nancy Clark MS RD CSSD
1. Perkins H and Crais D. 2006. A Successful Social Norms Campaign to Rreduce Alcohol Misuse Among Collge Student-Athlets. J. Stud Alcohol 67:880-889.
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