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Digital Seminar

Fueling Fitness & Peak Performance: Nutritional Strategies for Unleashing the Athlete

J.J. Mayo, PhD, RD
6 Hours 11 Minutes
Audio and Video
Dec 18, 2014
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Optimum Nutrition for Athletes & Active Individuals
Proper nutrition is vital for athletes and active individuals wanting to achieve peak performance. With the overwhelming amount of nutrition information, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. The desire to gain a competitive edge leaves athletes susceptible to marketing ploys and gimmicks promoting overnight success. Many athletes are wasting time and money, while some can be putting their long-term health at risk.

This recording will provide you with a nutrition playbook to help your clients achieve their sports performance goals. Professionals working with athletes must be trustworthy and knowledgeable resources offering simple, practical, and proven solutions to their clients' sports nutrition problems. This recording will arm attendees with the most up-to-date evidence-based research in the areas of meal planning for athletes, nutrient timing and periodization, and the effective use of nutritional supplements. Hands-on demonstrations, sample laboratory data, and case studies will be used during the recording to allow attendees to translate sports nutrition science into practice.



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number #50-399. This course qualifies for 6.2 self-study continuing education credits.

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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.0 continuing competency hours.

Texas Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2106032TX and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 6.0 CCUs. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

This self-study course consists of 6.0 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.4 contact hours.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



J.J. Mayo, PhD, RD Related seminars and products

J.J. Mayo, PhD, RD, is an associate professor and the graduate coordinator of the Strength and Conditioning Studies program at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He is a registered dietitian with 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Dr. Mayo has published articles in numerous scientific and trade journals and has been quoted in magazines, including Men's Health, US Weekly, and Bicycling Magazine. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dr. Mayo routinely consults with competitive and recreational athletes to improve performance, particularly in endurance sports. He is a Boston Qualifier who has completed several ultramarathons and is a 9-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: J.J. Mayo is an associate professor at Arkansas Tech University. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: J.J. Mayo is a member of American Dietetic Association; Arkansas Chapter of the American Dietetic Association; American College of Sports Medicine; and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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Target Audience

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Dietitians, Athletic Trainers
  • Personal Trainers
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Exercise Physiologists



  1. Analyze carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism during exercise, and determine calorie and macronutrient requirements for athletes
  2. Formulate nutrition strategies and hydration guidelines to support energy needs during phases of the training cycle
  3. Articulate how food speeds recovery following training, competition, surgery, illness, or injury
  4. Apply research findings when assisting athletes in management of body weight and body composition
  5. Evaluate dietary supplements and sports foods for efficacy, safety, and quality
  6. Identify sports nutrition concerns for special populations like youth, adult, vegetarian, gluten-sensitive, and diabetic athletes



  • Sports nutrition: a historical perspective
  • The six classes of nutrients
  • A foundation for healthy eating: a review of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
    • How the nutritional guidelines are established
    • General nutrition recommendations for all adults
    • Are nutritional guidelines different for athletes and active individuals?


  • Review the three energy systems involved in nutrient bioenergetics
  • Energy systems used for various sports
  • Nutrient use during rest and physical activity
  • Muscle fiber types and energy use
  • Maximal and submaximal exercise laboratory data


  • How many calories do athletes and active individuals need?
  • Common methods to estimate energy needs
  • Resting energy expenditure laboratory data
  • Using technology to track energy intake and expenditure


  • Methods to assess body composition
  • Body composition and sport performance
  • Weight standards and achieving optimal weight
  • Practical guidelines for weight management of athletes
  • Power eating: strategies for increased muscle mass


  • Strategies for effective communication of nutritional guidelines
  • Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins needs for strength/power, and endurance sports
  • Vitamins and minerals—a review of micronutrient needs
  • What individuals are most at risk for poor micronutrient status?
  • How hydration influences exercise performance—the science of H2O
  • Hydration recommendations before, during, and after exercise
  • Common hydration-related questions answered
    • Sports drink vs. water
    • What is hyponatremia and is it a real concern?
    • Do sodas, tea, and coffee cause dehydration?


  • General meal planning guidelines (hands-on activity)
  • Introduction to nutritional periodization
  • The concept of nutrient timing
  • How to eat the week of a big event
  • Pre-exercise meal guidelines—determine meal size, timing, and macronutrient composition
  • Fueling during exercise—what, when, and how much to eat during a game or competition
  • Post-exercise eating strategies to maximize recovery
  • Sports-specific guidelines for strength/power and endurance sports
  • Can a low carb/high fat diet (LCHF) improve performance?
  • Tips for eating on the road


  • Nutritional considerations for athletes competing in extreme environmental conditions
    • Heat and humidity
    • Cold
    • Altitude


  • Key considerations regarding supplement use
    • Safety, legality, effectiveness
  • The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act
  • Dietary supplements and the NCAA
  • The marketing machine: strategies companies use to sell more products
  • How to evaluate if a research study is “quality”
  • Ergogenic aids that perform as claimed
  • Ergogenic aids that provide promise but lack sufficient evidence
  • Ergogenic aids that do not perform as claimed
  • How to discuss supplements with athletes and active adults


  • Nutritional guidelines when working with groups that have special dietary needs
    • Vegetarians
    • Gluten-sensitivity
    • Eating disorders
    • Diabetics
    • Children
    • Older adults


  • High school football player
  • Collegiate soccer player
  • Endurance athlete


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