Probiotics and the Athlete: How Good Bacteria Can Promote Gut Health and Enhance Athletic Performance
The use of probiotics is becoming more prominent in the world of sports nutrition. The high stress load and intensity of workouts and competitions can compromise the immune system, which is predominantly found in the gut. Travel, a heavy class load and lack of sleep can also jeopardize the body’s ability to maintain high immunity. Helping athletes improve their immune system with probiotic-rich foods and supplements can potentially add a new weapon to the arsenal of sports nutrition.
Allison Maurer, who will lead the webinar hosted by the Southeast Dairy Association, is responsible for performance nutrition for the University of Tennessee student-athletes. As part of Maurer’s duties, she conducts team and individual nutrition sessions, grocery-shopping tours, body composition testing for various sports teams and educates athletes on how to fuel up to improve body composition. Maurer received a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University.
Date: Tuesday, June 21
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST / 12 – 1 p.m. EST
- Review the basics of probiotics and how they work in the digestive tract.
- Understand how probiotics are beneficial for immune health.
- Explore the scientific evidence that links probiotics to improved athletic performance.
- Identify probiotic rich foods and review implementation of probiotics in an athlete’s diet through food and supplementation.