Book a session with Virginia Spoerry
Book a session with Virginia Spoerry, a registered dietitian specialized in sports nutrition, wellness, Allergies and Intolerances, Diabetes, Digestive Concerns, Heart Health, Intuitive Eating and more.
Discover the importance of a sports nutritionist in enhancing athletic performance, and learn how they can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Individuals report feeling more confident in their food choices after working with a registered dietitian.
4 out of 5 Canadian adults possess a chronic disease risk factor, such as smoking, inactivity, poor diet, or alcohol misuse.
2.7M Canadians with diabetes benefit more from dietitian-led interventions than non-dietitian ones, as evidenced by lower A1C levels.
It was so easy to find and meet with my dietitian. After just two sessions I am already feeling such a huge difference in my energy, mood and performance in the gym. Thank you Online Nutrition!
Sports nutrition is a specialized field that focuses on the nutritional needs of athletes and individuals engaged in regular physical activity.
A sports nutritionist is a professional who has the knowledge, education, and skills to help athletes optimize their performance and reach their full potential through tailored nutrition strategies.
Sports nutritionists and dietitians play a crucial role in helping athletes achieve their performance goals.
They assess an athlete's individual nutritional requirements, develop customized meal plans, and provide guidance on proper hydration and supplement use.
By understanding the unique demands placed on an athlete's body during exercise, a sports nutritionist can help you fuel your body effectively and support optimal performance, recovery, and overall health.
A sports nutritionist typically holds a bachelor's or master's degree in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field from an accredited university.
In addition to their formal education, many sports nutritionists also pursue specialized certification in sports nutrition, such as the Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) or the International Society of Sports Nutrition's (ISSN) certification.
These certifications demonstrate a nutritionist's advanced knowledge and skills in sports nutrition science and their commitment to staying current with the latest research and best practices.
Athletes who work with a sports nutritionist or dietitian can expect to receive personalized nutrition advice based on their specific needs, goals, and the demands of their sport.
A sports nutritionist will consider factors such as the athlete's training schedule, body composition, and any dietary restrictions when developing a tailored nutrition plan.
This individualized approach ensures that athletes receive the right balance of nutrients to support their performance, promote recovery, and maintain long-term health.
Proper nutrition is not only essential for enhancing athletic performance but also for preventing injuries and supporting recovery.
A sports nutritionist can help athletes identify and address any nutritional deficiencies that may contribute to injury risk, as well as provide guidance on the best foods and supplements (when needed) to support tissue repair and healing following an injury.
In conclusion, a sports nutritionist is a valuable resource for athletes looking to optimize their performance, prevent injuries, and maintain overall health.
With specialized education, certification, and a deep understanding of the science behind sports nutrition, these professionals can help athletes fuel their bodies effectively and reach their full potential in their chosen sport.
In Canada, there is sometimes a difference between the terms Dietitian and nutritionist. While both titles can be use interchangeably in some provinces, this is not the case in others.
The title ‘Dietitian’ is protected by law across Canada in every province. The term ‘nutritionist’ however, is only a protected title in Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
Only nutrition professionals who are regulated and have protected titles have a legal scope of practice which includes: providing individualized nutrition counselling, medical nutrition therapy, and nutrition education to individuals with specific health concerns.
That said, while the term "nutritionist" is sometimes used on this website, it is important to note that we only work with licensed Registered Dietitians in good standing with their provincial regulatory bodies. That means you can be assured that all of our partners providing nutrition counselling meet the education and ethical standards set by all of the provincial regulatory bodies across Canada.
We strongly recommend that you consult with a Registered Dietitian (or other recognized healthcare professional such as a doctor) when you are considering making any significant dietary changes.
Rest assured that on Online Nutrition, every nutrition professional is vetted to confirm they are a Registered Dietitian in good standing with their provincial regulatory body.