IUP Sports Performance Nutrition Services is directed by Dr. Nicole A. Clark, DCN, MS, RDN, LDN, CDCES and staffed by graduate students of the Department of Food and Nutrition. SPNS is sponsored by the IUP Department of Food and Nutrition in support of the Athletics Department.

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

A dietetic intern nutrition coaching an IUP football player so that he can optimize his performance on the field.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.

An IUP swimmer receives nutrition coaching from a graduate assistant and a dietetic intern.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