Provide world class performance nutrition expertise, care and resources for the student athletes at the University of Southern California that results in improved athletic performance, decreased illness/injury, and long-term well-being.
Enhance immune system. Decrease incidence of immune related illness/sick days. Decrease incidence of soft-tissue injuries. Decrease markers of inflammation and soreness. Support recovery from immobilization, concussion/traumatic brain injuries, and soft tissue injuries.
Provide muscle and brain tissue the physical and mental energy needed to train and compete at a high level consistently. Meet energy demands of specific sport.
Support adaptations of (dependent on season): Hypertrophy, Strength, Power, Speed. Support specific body composition goals of the individual athlete and sport.
Each team is assigned a Registered Sports Dietitian. A Registered Dietitian must complete a 4-year bachelor’s degree in Dietetics, obtain a Master’s Degree in Nutrition or Related field, and complete a comprehensive 1200 practicum internship before sitting for the national registration exam through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All USC Sports Dietitians are further specialized in sport-performance nutrition.
Our dietitians provide a number of services available to USC student-athletes:
- 1-on-1 nutrition counseling: counsels athletes on optimal nutrition for exercise training (match nutrition to training phases and goals), competition, recovery from exercise, weight management, hydration, immunity, disordered eating, and travel
- Body composition testing and monitoring using InBody BIA technology
- Assist in planning and preparing pre and post-competition and training meals, snacks, and supplements, both at home and on the road for assigned sports
- Conduct team USG hydration testing and provide individual hydration protocols
- Coordinates nutritional care such as injury prevention and return to play injury strategies as a member of multidisciplinary sports medical team
- Addresses nutritional challenges to performance, such as food allergies, bone mineral disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances, iron depletion, and iron-deficiency anemia
- Provides education in food selection (grocery store tours, food storage) and food preparation (demo cooking classes)
- Evaluates nutritional supplements, including herbal supplements, for legality, safety, quality, and efficacy; monitors use of appropriate supplementation
MEET OUR DIETITIANS
|Kyndall Herman, MS, RDfirstname.lastname@example.org||Football, Women’s Soccer, Baseball, Women’s Lacrosse|
|Krysten McCaughey, MS, RD, CSSDemail@example.com||Men’s & Women’s Basketball, Men’s & Women’s Volleyball, Beach Volleyball|
|Kristy Morrell, RDfirstname.lastname@example.org||Men’s & Women’s Swim & Dive, Men’s & Women’s Water Polo, Women’s Rowing, Men’s & Women’s Tennis|
|Katie Valdes, MS, RD, CSSDemail@example.com||Football, Cross Country, Track & Field, Men’s & Women’s Golf|