The assessment of body composition is often useful for delivering quality nutrition services to athletes and active individuals. A variety of tools are available for managing health and performance outcomes across a range of athletic groups – junior, recreational, masters and elite.
The aim of the session is to:
- Review the advantages of evaluating body composition in athletes and active individuals.
- Explore the most accessible methods for assessing body composition.
- Explore the strength and weaknesses of each method to help inform your approach when working with clients.
- Highlight key points of consideration for determining the appropriateness of testing body composition.
- Review the impact of body composition testing on managing training objectives, performance targets and health.
Speaker: Erik Sesbreno MSc (c) RD is a nutrition lead at the Institut National du Sport du Quebec. He works with athletes and coaches to develop and deliver world-class nutrition support in the daily training environment and develop evidence-based nutrition plans focused on the needs of the sport and the athlete. He is an ISAK level 3 anthropometrist and has developed proficiency at using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and surface anthropometry for assessing and monitoring body composition changes in high-performance athletes.