Our goal at ATHLETE IQ Performance Dietetics is to identify the best eating and hydration strategies to meet an individual’s or teams schedule and training/competition needs. Our dietitians maximise performance through providing general health, performance, recovery and nutrition guidance for recreational through to elite athletes of all ages and abilities.
ATHLETE IQ Dietetics specialise in
Our Dietitian provides services to individuals or groups and teams through counselling, small group sessions, lectures and seminars. The following are the main areas that are covered in either flexible consultations or our signature 12-week program.
NEW ONLINE PROGRAM
6 & 12 Week Includes: Baseline Analysis, 2:4x Consultations, Final Review, Email & Phone Support.
Online Sports & Performance 12-week package:
Online Sports & Performance Nutrition 6-week package:
Individual Online Initial Consultation:
Individual Online Review Consultation:
Please note that Medicare covers some of the cost of seeing a dietitian only if your doctor refers you. If you have private health insurance, some of the costs may be covered.
Our dietitians can assist with
- Nutrient adequacy guidance ; such as Carbohydrate, Fat, Protein, Micro nutrient levels; Ca, Fe, Zn, Vit C etc. and Antioxidant density
- Pre - and post - training eating patterns and behaviours
- Timing of nutrition such as carbs/protein intake related to training stage
- Food variety check list and guidance
- Vegetarian/vegan athletes and how to ensure protein and nutrient adequacy
- Nutrient deficiencies and athletes with medical conditions or Athletes presenting with the following diseases or conditions: IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diabetes (T1 or T2), anaemia, PCOS, food allergies
- Strategies for skinfold reduction
- Pre - and post - training eating patterns and behaviours
- Psychology of eating
- Eating disorders or disordered eating patterns
- Growth and body composition ( Increasing muscle mass or reducing body fat)
- Nutrition planning to meet requirements of weights training program
- Recipe ideas
- Dietary periodization
- Preparation, such as Carbohydrate loading and Hydration
- Single day vs multi day events
- Eating on the road, e.g. Local, Interstate and Overseas travel
- Daily fluid needs for body size
- Training hydration strategies
- Fluid types and effect on hydration status
- Weight and height (BMI)
- Waist Hip Ratio (WHR)
- Skinfold testing
- Girth measurements
- Nutrition support for Team or Individual travel
- Group education sessions
Strength & Conditioning
Our tailored program is established with the athlete’s primary training objectives for their chosen sport and is executed under a variety of methods to optimise performance.
Our athlete wellbeing sessions build resilience. Designed to help each athlete recognise and overcome mental blocks, self-sabotage, and better cope with stress or factors inhibiting performance.
Our Mental Strengthening program is developed toward learning the correct skill sets inside the scope of developing mental toughness.
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Questions & Answers
Our diet plays a huge role in how we feel and how well our body and mind functions throughout our day to day life. For athletes with high training and competition loads however, they have greatly different nutritional and hydration needs against the general population. Due to their more active lifestyle and performance goals, they need to consume the right fuel so reduce injury risk, enhance vitality and immunity and need specific nutritional guidance that is personalised. Many athletes for this reason look to an Accredited Sports Dietitian for the latest expert advice and for tailored meal plans assist them in enhancing performance.
Sports nutrition specifically is a dedicated area of dietetics that principally centres on improving athletic performance in an individual. Separate from improving sporting performance, a Sports Dietitian can also assist with, improving brain function, injury prevention, overcoming existing health problems, digestion issues, or commonly guiding individuals in reaching specific fitness and body composition goals.
An Accredited Dietitian has specialist knowledge. This knowledge is help athletes in the field of sound nutrition choices for athletic performance. This allows them to formulate specific plans to meet an athlete’s macronutrient and micronutrient needs against their schedule and load as well as short- and long-term general performance goals. Irrespective in whether you’re training for upcoming competition, have a specific performance goal in mind, or want to improve your body composition (e.g. reducing body fat or increasing your muscle mass), an Accredited Sports Dietitian is an essential part of ensuring an athlete’s journey to sustained success and longevity.
The initial appointment begins with a comprehensive assessment, allowing the Dietitian to better understand your needs, specific goals, training program and current food intake and any other lifestyle factors that may need to be addressed; such as alcohol consumption. An athlete’s nutritional needs will vary depending on age and the amount and type of training they participate in, the nature of their sport and their current and desired body composition. A Dietitian will subsequently formulate a tailored program and be able to discuss an individualised nutrition plan that is specifically dedicated to you and the outcome you desire. A comprehensive nutrition plan acts as the foundation for adaptation and will also address what to consume on training days, what to consume pre and post training, rest days and how this will need to change on competition days. Educating the athlete is of significance.
Dietitians do not possess the magic formula of athletic success. They instead hold specific knowledge to enable and empower the athlete in becoming their best selves.
Thus, the role of an Accredited Dietitian is to maximise performance through nutrition by providing
• Educated and tailored practical strategies,
• Principles, guidelines and policies to establish parameters as well as
• Ensuring support services to parents, athletes and other staff concerning the strategic timing of food and fluids.
• Integration of supplements
These guidelines and plans help the athlete make professional decisions at key time points and are be driven by clear, evidence based nutritional and supplement policies and protocols. The Accredited Dietitian will have a major role in the overall management of an athletes body composition to achieve and sustain individualised targets, performance parameters and to enhance overall athletic performance and minimise injury risk.
Accredited Dietitian duties in a team setting are many and varied and may include to name just a few.:
• Anthropometric testing and evidence-based body composition manipulation
• Developmental design and maintenance of evidence-based supplement program and injury nutrition protocols
• Communicating emerging research surrounding sports nutrition ‘hot topics’ and issues to players and staff
• Providing individual, performance focused, nutrition plans for players in consultation with key staff
• Travel and match day nutrition planning
• Pre and post training nutritional and hydration plans
For Health Conditions:
Many athletes experience disruptive health issues that can disrupt their training and competition routines and overall journey to success. This is due to the intensive nature of their training and competition, but favourably, Sports Dietitians are equipped and trained to help with many of these issues. The following are a few examples of common conditions that are often experienced by athletes.
For Recovery Challenges:
The most recovered athlete holds an advantage and thus recovery for an athlete is vital. Nutrition plans to speed up recovery is essential for every athlete and is done by replenishing the nutrient and energy stores that are used during training or competition, therefore the role of food and supplementation to stimulate recovery is of significance. Nonetheless, the best approach for your particular needs are dependent on a number of factors; explicitly the, intensity, type and duration of training sessions, the time between training sessions, your current fitness level and your body composition goals.
The principal goal of recovery nutrition is to repair and refuel your muscles. Moreover, it is to replace lost fluids, minerals and salts. Therefore, without a sound recovery nutrition plan, individualised to your own circumstances, an athlete may intentionally slow down the recovery process. If an incorrect nutritional recovery program is in play, an athlete may feel fatigued, irritable, moody and suffer from reduced performance in subsequent training sessions or competition and subsequently also reduce the speed of achieving their body composition goals.
Dietitians also create thorough recovery plans that assist in refuelling the body post-training or event. Whilst the approach can vary pending, he athlete’s specific needs and goals, it’s common for recovery plans to include foods high in quality vitamins and minerals and include quality carbohydrates, protein, electrolytes and fluids – as these nutrients collectively assist in repairing, refuelling and rehydrating the body.
For Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Nutrient deficiencies:
Many athletes that possess nutrient deficiencies and athletes with pre-existing medical conditions or Athletes presenting with the following diseases or conditions: IBS, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), diabetes (T1 or T2), anaemia, PCOS, food allergies should engage with a Sports Dietitian.
For Gastrointestinal Issues:
Gastrointestinal Issues and other digestion issues are common in athletes. For example, for endurance and stamina-based athletes in particular, gastrointestinal issues can be a major barrier in achieving peak performance. Causing discomfort and irritability, it is estimated that between 30-50% of long-distance runners experience some form of gastrointestinal discomfort during training or competition. Common symptoms may include the following; vomiting or nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps, excessive bloating or diarrhea. Notwithstanding being a common ailment among athletes, there are many aspects of someone’s diet that can contribute to this pain. Therefore, it’s imperative that athletes request help of an experienced Sports Dietitian to acquire strategies that support their training goals but also ease these symptoms.
To Minimise the Risk of Dehydration:
Common amongst athletes is dehydration. Even mild dehydration among athletes (recreational or elite) can spell the difference between sub optimal performance, decision making, early onset fatigue and ultimately success and failure in their chosen sport. Research states that as little as 2% fluid losses during training or competition can knowingly impact performance. Regardless of how hard you train and how sound your nutrition plan is in the lead up to training or competition, unintentionally being dehydrated can decrease your physical and mental capacity to perform at your most optimal level. Athletes need to be hypervigilant with their hydration intake. They also need to accommodate for playing and training conditions.
Common consequences of dehydration include;
• increased heart rate
• increased core temperature
• increased perception of effort
• increased risk of injury
• increased risk of headache
• increased rate of fatigue.
• Increased frequency and severity of cramp
Severe cases of dehydration see;
• blurred vision
Moreover, the gastrointestinal and problems mentioned previously can also occur. To help avoid this issue, athletes should engage a Dietitian that will work to understand the level of hydration your body needs and for the type, duration and intensity of your training and competition session.