Sports Performance Nutrition Services

  • IUP Sports Performance Nutrition Services is directed by Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CHWC and staffed by graduate students of the Department of Food and Nutrition. SPNS is sponsored by the IUP Department of Food and Nutrition and the Athletics Department.

    SPNS provides IUP and local high school athletes and coaches with personalized and sport-specific nutrition strategies to optimize athletic performance and training.

    A dietetic intern nutrition coaching an IUP football player so that he can optimize his performance on the field.Goals of SPNS

    • To assist athletes and coaches by providing evidence-based, sport-specific nutrition coaching.
    • To assist the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sports Medicine with educated dietetic students and student athletic trainers about sports nutrition instruction.
    • To provide sports nutrition education and practical experience to Food and Nutrition graduate students.

    Services Offered

    We offer individualized nutrition coaching, team and small group presentations, newsletters, and informational bulletin boards to educate athletes about nutrition topics related to health and human performance.

    An IUP swimmer receives nutrition coaching from a graduate assistant and a dietetic intern.Individualized counseling topics include:

    • Enhancing athletic performance
    • Safe and effective weight loss or weight gain
    • Evidence-based information about sports supplements

    Team and small group presentations typically last between 15 to 60 minutes and address relevant topics within sports nutrition, including:

    • The importance of carbohydrates
    • Fluid replacement
    • Protein consumption
    • Eating on-the-road
    • Pre- and post-competition nutrition
    • Ergogenic aids

    Contact us for an individualized appointment or a group presentation!

    Sports Performance Nutrition Office

    Location: G21-B Memorial Field House

    Phone: 724-357-3094

    Office Hours: Available on the answering machine


    Nicole Dann-Payne

    Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CHWC


    Office Location: 117B Ackerman Hall

    Office Phone: 724-357-3283

    Nicole Dann-Payne’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in sports nutrition and dietetics from Mansfield University and a master of science in nutrition degree from IUP.

    Dann-Payne is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian nutritionist in Pennsylvania. Her research interests include sports nutrition, wellness, and exercise science.

    Sports Nutritionist

    Sara Clauto, RDNSara Clauto, RDN


    Sara Clauto is a registered dietitian nutritionist and works as the graduate assistant sports nutritionist for IUP. She has a bachelor of science degree in nutrition from Mansfield University. She completed her dietetic internship, which was comprised of 1,200 hours of supervised practice which focused on clinical, management, and community nutrition. Currently, Sara is completing her master of science degree in food and nutrition. In her free time, Sara loves taking her German Shepard for runs, running solo, and hiking. 

    Goals that Sara hopes to obtain while working in the Sports Performance Nutrition Office:

    • Assist in managing the Fueling Station to help fuel athletes for success and to create a station that athletes find helpful.
    • Gain experience counseling collegiate athletes and sports teams on their various nutrition needs.
    • Increase the number of athletes that come in for nutrition counseling throughout the semester.

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    Eating right and choosing healthy options for meals are equally as important as practice. Yes, practice makes perfect but striving for a wholesome and healthy diet as an athlete is the icing on top of the cake. 
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