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Clemson Sports Nutrition

Nutrition is an important, and often overlooked, component of a student-athlete’s success. Clemson University houses four full-time sports dietitians to assist Clemson student-athletes in their quest for success in both academics and athletics. Being adequately fueled can assist student-athletes in their ability to practice and train at their best, and keep them focused in the classroom and in film sessions. Proper nutrition can ensure student-athletes have the nutrients available should an injury or illness occur, preparing them for a quicker, stronger recovery.

Focusing on a daily performance diet can keep Clemson student-athletes fueled, healthy and ready to take on their competition. Clemson University Sports Nutrition is a division of the Clemson University Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Wellness & Development department that focuses on taking a holistic approach in the care of the student-athlete.

Our Mission:

The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department educates, counsels, and fuels Clemson student-athletes utilizing best evidence-based practice to promote optimal athletic and academic performance, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness now and in the future.

Our Vision:

The Clemson University Athletic Department emphasizes “academic, athletic, personal, professional, and social development excellence” of the student-athlete and the Clemson Sports Nutrition Department plays an important role in achieving that standard. The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department is a part of Student-Athlete Wellness and Development, a department that thrives on taking a holistic approach in the care of the student-athlete. Nutrition is an important, yet often overlooked, component of a student-athlete’s success. Being adequately fueled can assist student-athletes in their ability to practice and train at their best, and keep them focused in the classroom, film sessions, and other programs. Proper nutrition can also ensure student-athletes have the nutrients available should an injury or illness occur, preparing them for a quicker, stronger recovery.

The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department strives to provide student-athletes with valuable nutrition knowledge via individual counseling, team educational presentations, handouts, and/or e-resources to assist them with: choosing foods for optimal athletic performance; eating well for greater concentration in the classroom; consuming foods that assist with injury prevention and/or recovery; cooking and shopping skills; supporting body composition goals to optimize performance and promote health, individualized to each student athlete; making informed decisions regarding supplement use; and overall understanding of how nutrition affects health, wellness, and athletic performance. Our goal is to support Clemson student-athletes with education and fueling assistance during their time at Clemson, while also teaching these valuable lessons that they can use for a lifetime. Encouraging Clemson student-athletes to take ownership of choosing foods to fuel their athletic and academic performance; enjoying a nutritious, balanced diet; and creating a healthy relationship with food are our main objectives.

What We Do:

Meet Paul Harrington - Sport RD

Paul Harrington, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, CSCS
Director of Football Nutrition
pharri6@clemson.edu

Originally from: Seminole, FL (Tampa Bay area)
Alma mater: Florida and Auburn
Teams: Football
Favorite sport to play: Played soccer & ran track
Favorite non-Clemson sports/teams: Watching former athletes I have worked with in all sports competing on various professional & national teams
Top 3 Favorite Foods: Italian, BBQ, & Asian
Favorite non-sport hobby: Working on cars

Meet Caitlin Davis - Sport RD

Caitlin Davis, MS, RD, LD
Coordinator of Olympic Sports Nutrition
CED2@clemson.edu

Originally from: Greenville, SC
Alma mater: Clemson (BS), Florida State (MS)
Teams: Olympic Sports
Favorite sport to play: Snowboarding… I’m not very good though
Favorite non-Clemson sports/teams: Snowboarding, Hockey, Weightlifting, Figure Skating, Alpine Skiing, Luge, Speed Skating, Gymnastics (No specific teams, except TEAM USA!!!)
Top 3 Favorite Foods: Sweet potato crunch/soufflé; any type of Mexican food; anything that is extremely rich and chocolatey (I love me some chocolate)
Favorite non-sport hobby: Baking (putting my Food Science degree to work!)

Sports Nutrition Interns

Stacey Potter, MS, RD, LD
srpotte@clemson.edu

Carl Bombardier, MS, RDN, LD
cbombar@clemson.edu