|Date:||April 15th, 2019 from 6:00pm to12:00am America/Toronto|
Melissa is a Registered Dietitian and Sport Nutritionist, holding a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Dietetics and Human Nutrition from McGill University in Montreal. In 2013, Melissa further developed her sport nutrition expertise by completing the International Olympic Committee Sport Nutrition Diploma.
With over 5 years of counselling experience, working in fitness centers and medical clinics, Melissa has worked with a variety of clientele from individuals looking to manage their weight and prevent chronic disease to active individuals and athletes needing nutrition support for training and competition. Since 2015, Melissa has worked with many sports, mainly weight category and judged sports as well as para sports, including judo, artistic swimming, figure skating, diving, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.
In 2017, Melissa joined the integrated athlete development center, Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby where she worked for 1.5 years as part of a multidisciplinary team supporting a variety of clientele from recreationally active individuals to club and high performance sport teams.
Currently, Melissa works at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario in Toronto, supporting provincial and national level athletes. Through counselling, group seminars and cooking workshops, Melissa helps her athletes optimize their nutrition around training and competition as well as enhance their performance through proper food choices and meal timing.
Melissa also continues to develop her private practice in Toronto, where she offers both group nutrition services as well as one-on-one counselling around health and wellness, weight management and sports nutrition.
Workshop: Understanding Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport – Management and Recommendations.
Since the term Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) was introduced by the IOC in 2014 to identify a broader term of the Female Athlete Triad and describe the syndrome of low energy availability (EA); there has been a growing scientific evidence presenting its prevalence in sport as well as its impact on health and performance in both male and female athletes.
This presentation will focus on the recognition of early signs of low energy availability and RED-S as well as its impact on an athlete’s metabolism, physiology and sport performance. The integrated efforts that the sport medicine and sport science team can bring towards the education and intervention for the prevention and management of RED-S among athletes will be discussed.
Workshop’s learning objectives:
- Educate coaches, parents and the athletic population about RED-S and its underlying cause
- Explain the impact of low EA on an athlete’s performance, metabolism and different body systems
- Identify risk factors as well as early warning signs of RED-S
- Apply evidence-based criteria for RED-S screening
- Apply an evidenced-based decision making process for an athlete’s playing status/ return to play which addresses their full recovery to correct low energy availability and prevent further medical implications