Being Healthy is Wealthy
Being an elite athlete, everyday I must properly fuel my body in order to play to my full potential. Recently, my soccer team has begun training at a new gym called Athletic Performance. At this exclusive training facility, our instructors constantly stress the importance of eating correctly. During a nutrition talk a few weeks ago I really began looking into the sports nutrition field. After researching the profession, I discovered I have a serious interest in sports nutrition. To become a sports nutritionist, an extensive amount of preparation is necessary. The job’s requirements are not overwhelming, and the benefits of improving fellow athletes’ health and performance make the occupation worthwhile.
The first step in preparing to become a sports nutritionist is a solid education. Education of nutrition begins in high school. A student interested in this field should begin taking classes such as: chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology. These courses will facilitate and prepare a student for college. In order to work in this field, a sports nutritionist must obtain an undergraduate college education and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Although, it is highly recommended to take a master’s degree program in athletic nutrition. A variety of excelling schools offer sports nutrition degrees. Baylor University, Purdue University, University of Connecticut, University of Texas-Austin, Florida State University, and University of Delaware are all exceptional choices when one is considering becoming a sports nutritionist. The cost of both undergraduate and graduate school can cost as much as $40,000 a year, so it is imperative one’s grades are exceptional in order to apply for scholarship money. After college, one must get a nutrition certificate. In order to obtain a nutrition and wellness certificate, a test must be purchased and completed. The nutrition and wellness test can cost anywhere from $400 to $1000. Once certified, the...
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