If your athlete was showing signs of energy imbalance, would they recognize it?


Would you?


This is an important topic because athletes who find their sweet spot and maintain an energy balance will have an edge, be less at risk for injury and set a foundation for a healthy life.


In today’s huddle, I talk with Rebecca McConville, RD, LD, CSSD, CEDRD, about the topic of Relative Energy Deficit in Sport (or RED-S). We discuss how to be proactive and avoid RED-S so athletes stay in their sweet spot all season long.


Rebecca and I discuss…


  • Who she is, what she does and why she does it and her book, Finding Your Sweet Spot: How to Avoid RED-S (Relative Energy Deficit in Sport) by Optimizing Your Energy Balance.


  • How her personal journey led to her profession as a sports dietitian, specializing in eating disorders.


  • What is RED-S? Why is it important for you and your athlete to know about RED-S?


  • When can an energy imbalance occur? What would cause it?


  • What can we do recognize RED-S in our athlete and what can we do to address it?


  • Why it’s important to be intentional about where we get nutrition information for our active kids.


  • Why is consistency so critical to a healthy athlete’s energy balance?


  • Why talking about injury prevention with your athlete could be a great intro conversation to the importance of energy balance and what Rebecca wants parents and athletes to take away from reading her book.



Meet Rebecca McConville, RD, LD, CSSD, CEDRD


Previous college basketball player
Sports Mama
Now avid runner however I have a running buddy now— my daughter
Youth sports coach
Love my leisurely Sunday walks with the family catching up on life and discussing dreams



MS — registered dietitian, University of Kansas
Board Certified Sports Specialist (CSSD)
Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian ( CEDRD)



Avid podcast listener, webinars absorber
Received clinical supervision from an expert in the field of eating disorders with 25+ years’ experience
Participates in sport psychology supervision group for athlete’s and eating disorders



Academy of Nutrition
Behavior Health Nutrition
Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition
Nutrition Entrepreneurs
Eat Right Missouri
IAEDP Foundation
CPSDA — Fueling Victory
Association for Applied Sport Psychology








Book: https://beccamcconville.com/red-s





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