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Student Athlete Development

 University of Oregon Sports Nutrition for Student-Athletes

Nutrition is vital for maximizing your sports performance.  But each athlete differs from their goals to their genetics, so having an individualized program is crucial for optimum performance.  At the University of Oregon, you will find a Sports Nutrition program that meets the needs of every athlete, whether they are focusing on strength or speed, hydration, weight gain or loss, or just overall good nutrition.  It is highly important that athletes at the U of O are educated on how to properly recover and hydrate with food and fluid before, during and after workouts to maximize physical development. 

Here, you will find a program that is dedicated to helping athletes maximize their athletic potential through proper sports nutrition.  Below you will find specifics on the Sports Nutrition Program at the University of Oregon and details on what makes it one of the most successful and respected programs in the collegiate setting.

Individualized Meal Plans
The University of Oregon Sports Dietitian, James Harris, works with athletes on an individual basis to discuss their nutrition intake and how their meal plans can be altered to better meet their goals and needs.  The U of O also uses an online meal plan program, Vitabot, for food journaling and to find pre-existing meal plans.  This state of the art program allows users to modify pre-existing meal plans to fit tastes and calorie ranges.  Users can choose meal plans that include and exclude certain foods.  Vitabot will also grade each meal so the user knows which letter grade, A through F, they are getting for protein, fat, carbohydrates, along with most vitamins and minerals.

Nutrition Counseling/Diet Assessment
James Harris works closely with athletes on their nutrition intake.  Whether coming back from an injury, trying to lose weight or put on mass, learn how to properly hydrate to prevent cramping, etc, James counsels athletes one-on-one to assure they are meeting their nutrition and physical goals to maximize their training and performance.

Team Meals
Currently the Pittman Room in the Casanova Center serves as the training table at the U of O.  Teams can expect a full salad and fruit bar, along with starches and meats to help with muscle repair and recovery, glycogen storage, hydration, reduction of soreness and illness and to provide energy.  Athletes can also expect to eat as a team with meals catered in from local restaurants and caterers.

Nutrition Bar at the Casanova Center
In order to make sure our athletes meet their recovery and hydration needs, the University of Oregon has a fully staffed and stocked Nutrition Bar.  Athletes can go at any time to get a number of different recovery shakes and hydration beverages.  The Nutrition Bar offers an assortment of fresh fruits, snack & energy bars, nuts and dried fruit.  There are also fresh bagels delivered every morning.  With access to recovery foods and shakes right after a workout, athletes can expect quicker muscle repair and glycogen storage.  They can also hydrate properly and grab snacks for class or in-between meals.  Shake lists are also in effect for most teams, where athletes trying to gain weight can get specialized nutrition shakes made.


Vitamin Cabinet
At the Nutrition Bar you will find a unique vitamin cabinet that houses the vitamin regimens for over 200 athletes.  Each cup is numbered, which corresponds to an athlete’s jersey or locker number.  Based on questionnaires filled out by the athletes on food and nutrient consumption, a specific vitamin regimen for each athlete was generated and each cup is filled daily.


Body Composition Testing & Body Grid Photos
The University of Oregon offers body composition testing on its athletes using, the BodPod, which is the gold standard for this kind of testing.  Body composition provides sports dietitians with the amount of lean and fat tissue that makes up an athlete’s weight, enabling them to address nutrition and exercise programs that are individualized to that athlete.  Body composition tests are generally conducted 3 times in a year for each team: pre-season, mid-season, and post-season.  This allows James Harris to analyze how an athlete’s body changes over the course of a year with different training regimens.  The Body Grid Photos are conducted along with the body composition testing and consists of three photos: front, side and back.  These photos allow you to see how an athlete’s body changes throughout the year and how those changes correspond with the body composition numbers from the BodPod.


It is important for athletes to know why they need to refuel and how nutrition can impact their performance and recovery.  The University of Oregon offers a number of education tools to ensure that all athletes and teams are well-educated on how, when and why to properly fuel their bodies.  These education tools consist of pre-season education talks, grocery store tours, nutrition tips and flyers, and more.  The grocery store tours can educate athletes on what to look for in foods, what types of foods to avoid and why, and where to shop in the grocery store (the perimeter is the best)!  The Casanova Center has a Nutrition Tip of the Month featured at the bar, with flyers also hanging around the building to educate athletes (and staff) on a particular nutrition topic.  James Harris is always available to answer questions and a number of educational handouts are available to all athletes.

Other Sports Nutrition Services Provided:
•    Meal Scheduling
•    Hydration
•    Injury Nutrition
•    Special Dietary Needs (i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free diets, etc)
•    Disordering Eating Counseling (Sports Psychologist on staff as well)
•    Specific Female Nutritional Concerns
•    Dietary & Supplement Evaluation


Make An Appointment:
To make an appointment with James Harris, either stop by his office, located inside the treatment center in the Casanova Center, or email him at

Sports Nutrition Staff
James Harris III
Sports Nutritionist
2727 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, OR 97401
Office: 541-346-5580
Fax: 541-346-5291

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