Body Composition Management for Athletes and Active Individuals

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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.

Date of presentation: June 2019, DC National Conference

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.


  • Video presentation (80 minutes) with the presentation slides (pdf)
  • Audio file (mp3 file)

Cost: $19.95 for members; $24.95 for non-members; $14.95 for students

Last Updated: November 2, 2020

Type: Learning on Demand

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