Nutrition for Athletes with a Disability

Every elite athlete has unique challenges and ultimate goals that they want to achieve, and Paralympic athletes are no different. In fact, they often have so many more hurdles to jump over. 

Many of the challenges that the athletes will face are nutritional, and just like with able-bodied Olympic athletes, there is quite a lot a dietitian or nutritionist needs to consider. 

Above and beyond the typical sports nutrition considerations for athletes, with para-athletes, a dietitian needs to consider the nature of each individual's disability and look at what extra challenges they face.

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Just some of the considerations a sports dietitian need to make when dealing with disabled athletes are:

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