The University of Nebraska Sports Nutrition Department is committed to meeting the nutritional needs of athletes. We seek to meet these needs through assessment, education, and implementation of proper nutritional practices. We are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, continued education, and scientific research in the field of sports nutrition.
Nutrition is a vital piece of the puzzle for optimum sports performance. Proper fueling before and during competition can give you the competitive advantage you need to succeed. Learning how to fuel your body correctly before or after workouts and throughout the day will enhance your body's ability to recover from training and maximize your physical development. For these reasons, the University of Nebraska places a huge importance on Sports Nutrition. Nebraska was one of the first Universities to employ a full-time sports nutritionist to work directly with athletes. Currently, it is one of only six Universities that have two full-time sports nutritionist available to help athletes meet their nutritional needs.
Below, you will find more information and photos that will give you a better understanding of all the University of Nebraska has available for you and your sports nutrition needs.
Individualized Meal Plans
Lindsey & Scott work directly with the athletes, helping them to meet their physical and training goals to take their performance to the next level. Their purpose is to not only guide athletes on what to eat, but why to eat it. They provide 1-on-1 counseling, developing individualized meal plans for all athletes based on their individual needs, training goals, and competition fueling.
Body Composition Testing
Another tool the sports nutrition programs offers is body composition testing. Both nutritionists perform routine individual and team testing for athletes. Results are combined with individualized meal plans to help athletes achieve both their physical and training goals.
Both Lindsey and Scott coordinate competition fueling for multiple sports. A number of different nutritional products are provided for athletes before and during competition. Athletes work closely with both Sports Nutritionists to develop an individualized fueling plan for competition that ensures they are drinking adequate amounts of fluids, consuming adequate electrolytes, and also getting the right amounts of protein and carbohydrates to enhance performance while limiting muscle damage during competition.
A number of specialized education tools are provided at Nebraska to ensure that you understand what, why, and how to implement proper fueling in your life. Cooking Classes, Eating Out guides and Grocery Store tours assist athletes in knowing what foods to buy and how to prepare them. Nutrition tips, Tweets (linked to twitter) and a number of handouts on various nutrition related topics are also available for student-athletes. Both nutritionists also provide tailored team talks for teams.
Other Sports Nutrition Services Provided
- Hydration Protocols
- Injury Nutrition
- Special Dietary Needs (i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free diets, PCOS, food allergies, IBS, diabetes, anemia, high cholesterol, etc)
- Disordering Eating Counseling (Sports Psychologist on staff as well)
- Specific Female Nutritional Concerns
- Dietary & Supplement Evaluation
The Landing, established in 2005, and the Oasis, established in 2011, serve as fueling points for all athletes before, during, and after training. The Landing is located in North Stadium while the Oasis is housed in the Hendricks Training Complex. Both areas provide a number of different options including chocolate milk, recovery shakes, energy bars, bagels, fruits, nuts, and Gatorade for student athletes. As part of their individualized meal plans, athletes are prescribed a unique BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER workout fueling plan utilizing the products offered at the landing. Multi-vitamins are also provided to ensure athletes are meeting their nutrient needs. Student-Nutrition volunteers assist in managing both areas and help prepare specialized nutritional shakes and recovery drinks for student-athletes.
Open Monday - Friday
Please Note: All menus are subject to change. Daily updates are posted at the Nebraska Training Table check-in stand.
Nebraska was one of the first Universities to provide a Training Table for the athletes. The training table first opened in 1985 and currently offers lunch and dinner meals for student-athletes. The training table prides itself in providing the highest quality foods for athletes to enhance performance. All the foods served in the training table are labeled with a specialized food labeling system that helps athletes understand what foods they need to consume and the appropriate quantities to meet their individual nutritional needs. Dale Kruse, Training Table manager, oversees the foodservice operation and has over 10 years of experience running Nebraska's unique, one of a kind, training table. The training table also features an executive chef, Michael Steele, who oversees all food production and recipe development. Together, both sports nutritionists, the manager, and executive chef collaborate in creating the menus and choosing high quality, performance based foods for the athletes.
At Nebraska, we have a FOOD FIRST policy. There are thousands of different supplements on the market today. Our job is to ensure the athlete is safe. The Sports Dietitian reviews all supplements to ensure the supplement does not contain, or could potentially contain, a banned drug. If athletes come to the Sports Dietitian with any inquiries regarding sports supplements, only supplements with significant research suggesting performance or health benefits and those certified through NSF Certified for Sport will be recommended.
Remember - Supplements only compliment a solid diet.
Training Table Manager
Training Table Staff
Kathy Swanson, Edward Settles, Nancy Hamann, Deveron Baxter, Ruth Hood, Jennifer Matlock, Judith Lafond, Shawn Gariboy, Maria Segovia, John Maus