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Sports Performance Nutrition Services

The IUP Sports Performance Nutrition Services (SPNS) is directed by Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RD, LDN and staffed by graduate students of the Department of Food and Nutrition. SPNS is sponsored by the IUP Department of Food and Nutrition and the Athletic Department.


SPNS provides IUP and local high school athletes and coaches with personalized and sport-specific nutrition strategies to optimize athletic performance and training.

Goals of SPNS

  • To assist athletes and coaches by providing evidence-based, sport-specific nutrition coaching.
  • To assist the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sports Medicine with educated dietetic students and student athletic trainers about sports nutrition instruction.
  • To provide sports nutrition education and practical experience to Food and Nutrition graduate students.

Services Offered

We offer individualized nutrition coaching, team and small group presentations, newsletters, and informational bulletin boards to educate athletes about nutrition topics related to health and human performance.

Individualized counseling topics include:

  • Enhancing athletic performance
  • Safe and effective weight loss or weight gain
  • Evidence-based information about sports supplements

Team and small group presentations typically last between 15 to 60 minutes and address relevant topics within sports nutrition, including:

  • The importance of carbohydrates
  • Fluid replacement
  • Protein consumption
  • Eating on-the-road
  • Pre- and post-competition nutrition
  • Ergogenic aids

Contact us for an individualized appointment or a group presentation!

Sports Performance Nutrition Office

Location: G21-B Memorial Field House

Phone: 724-357-3094

Office Hours: Available on the answering machine

Faculty Coordinator

Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RD

Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RD, LDN


Office Location: 117B Ackerman Hall

Office Phone: 724-357-3283

Cassie Smolic

Sports Nutritionist

Cassie E. Smolic


Nutrition for RecoveryDocument icon
Importance of Carbohydrates  The body and brain’s primary source of energy is carbohydrate.  Helps to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness and fatigue.  Restores muscle and liver glycogen to ensure energy for the next workout. Tips  Eat complex  carbohydrates such as whole grains, brown rice, sweet potatoes, or w
SNS NewsletterDocument icon
Post-Workout Fueling Sports Performance Nutrition Services Sponsored by: IUP Department of Food and Nutrition and Division of Sports Medicine How to Fuel Your Workout SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:  Nutritional strategies for fueling your workout  Water is vital for optimal performance  See sample snack and meal ideas
  • Food and Nutrition Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 102
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-4440
  • Fax: 724-357-3007
  • Semester Office Hours
  • Monday–Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.– Noon
  • 1:00–4:30 p.m.