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Dietetics & Sport Nutrition

Proper nutrition is key to help optimize your health, rehabilitation, and sport performance.

Dietetics and sport nutrition are specialized fields that focus on the relationship between nutrition and performance, particularly in the context of sport and exercise.

Specifically, dietetics is the science of applying the principles of nutrition to the planning and preparation of foods. Dietitians assess, diagnose, and treat dietary and nutritional problems. They work in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, schools, and sport teams, providing personalized dietary advice to promote health and prevent diseases.

Sport nutrition specifically tailors nutritional strategies to optimize athletic performance. It involves understanding how nutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals, influence energy levels, recovery, and overall performance. Sport dietitians will develop customized plans, hydration strategies, and supplement recommendations to support one’s training, performance, and recovery goals.

Dietetics & Sport Nutrition at Banff Sport Medicine

Banff Sport Medicine’s Registered Dietitian, Lindsay Haager, has over a decade of professional experience in a broad spectrum of dietetics and sport nutrition.

She will assess, develop, and evaluate strategies to help you in the following areas:

  1. Sport Nutrition: Learn nutritional strategies to improve training gains, maximize performance and optimize recovery.
  2. Rehabilitation nutrition for injury recovery: Learn nutritional strategies to help you heal and get you back on your feet quicker.
  3. General nutrition: Learn practical and individualized strategies and solutions to improve your health through nutrition.
  4. Chronic disease management nutrition: Learn nutritional strategies to thrive while managing a chronic disease (e.g. high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, etc).

Benefits of a nutritional consult for patients having surgery

For patient’s having to undergo surgery, consulting a dietitian beforehand can help in many areas.

They can:

  • Conduct a pre-screen for malnutrition which is associated with longer recovery time and impaired wound healing.
  • Support your increased nutrition needs during the hypermetabolic and inflammatory state after surgery.
  • Help you manage post-surgical insulin resistance
  • Provide strategies that reducing muscle atrophy (loss) post-surgery.
  • Help you manage post-surgical symptoms such as reduced appetite, nausea or constipation which may impact nutritional intake.
  • Ensure you are eating the right foods to heal as fast as possible!

Appointment Information

How much does it cost?

Our dietitian offers a 15 minute Discovery Phone Call at no charge. During this call you have the opportunity to discuss your background, goals, and to learn how a dietitian can support you.

Your initial assessment with the dietitian, and any follow-ups, may be covered by third-party insurance providers (if applicable). Please consult with your insurance provider prior to your appointment.

More information on Fees can be found here.

How do I book an appointment?

If you are 18 years or older, you can book an appointment with our dietitian, Lindsay Haager, by calling 403 760 2897 ext 3, or online here.

What do I need to bring?

To help our dietitian complete the most thorough assessment and provide the best education, please be prepared for your appointment with the following information:

  1. Medical history
  2. Written list of all medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal products
  3. Any recent lab work

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