Billiken Sports Nutrition
The goal of the Saint Louis University Sports Nutrition Program is to support the athletes’ optimal health, wellness, safety, and performance by providing individualized care and evidence-based nutrition education. We collaborate with both Sports Medicine and Sports Performance to provide the ultimate athletic advantage for athletes. Nutrition plays an important role in preventing injuries and supporting physiological adaptations undergone by strength training and conditioning, which are both essential in the pursuit of greatness. Nutrition also impacts cognitive function, which is a commonly overlooked factor when striving for success in the classroom as well as sport.
We believe that the addition and maintenance of sustainable, health-promoting dietary practices in everyday life are achieved by education, self-reflection, and behavior change. Nutrition is a valuable developmental skill that will not only benefit the athletes while attending Saint Louis University, but also for the rest of their lives.
The Sports Nutrition staff offers individual nutrition counseling for all athletes both in and out of season. We value and respect the uniqueness of every person and understand that “good nutrition” looks different for everyone. Topics include, but not limited to meal planning assistance, nutrient timing, food allergies and intolerances, digestive issues, injury recovery, dietary supplement review, supplement programming, emotional eating, body image, eating disorders and disordered eating, symptoms such as fatigue and poor appetite, and medical conditions such as iron deficiency anemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Athletes are encouraged to contact their registered dietitian to set up an appointment.
The staff determines team-specific nutritional needs by assessing their unique challenges and obstacles. Team education topics include, but not limited to energy needs, nutrient timing, balancing meals, recovery nutrition, hydration, carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, and supplements. Athletes and athletic department staff are encouraged to contact their sports dietitian to set up a nutrition lesson for their team.
The Sports Nutrition staff includes one full-time registered dietitian, Krista Beyer. She was previously a full-time Sports Dietitian Fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from July 2018 - September 2019. She primarily worked with Fencing, Rowing, and Swimming and Diving and also assisted with the majority of the other Olympic sports. She completed her dietetic internship and MS in Sports Nutrition at Florida State University in May 2018. She played NCAA Division 1 Volleyball at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 2011-2013 where she discovered her passion for sports nutrition. She transferred to Fontbonne University in 2013 to complete her BS in Dietetics while enjoying her last few years as a collegiate athlete. Krista is very excited to do what she loves back in the city she calls home!
Krista Beyer MS, RD, LDN