Sports Nutrition Department
The mission of the Purdue Sports Nutrition program is simple: to provide high-performance nutrition strategies that keep Boilermaker student-athletes in the game. The certified sports nutritionists on staff work with all 18 teams at Purdue to ensure the best possible outcomes both on the field of competition and in life beyond athletics.
The program, overseen by director of sports nutrition Rachel Clark, CSSD, supports Purdue Athletics with a comprehensive program that optimizes performance. By working directly with Boilermaker student-athletes and their coaching staffs, the sports nutrition department focuses on three areas:
- Be fueled for training today (pre-exercise)
- Be fueled for training tomorrow (recovery)
- Be well for training everyday (prevent injury and illness)
Located in the Don and Carol Shelbourne Sports Medicine Center Complex, the sports nutrition area includes an office for individual consultation. The area also includes an exam room equipped with a DEXA Scan machine to measure student-athlete's bone density and body composition.
On-site iDexa machine
Fueling station in Mollenkopf Sports Performance area
But facilities extend beyond the Shelbourne Center Complex to include fueling stations in two separate sports performance areas and the All-American Dining Room where teams partake in training table meals.
With great facilities and a wonderful staff, the Purdue Sports Nutrition program is a vital part of the daily support system for more than 500 Boilermaker student-athletes.
Rachel A. Clark is a Board Certified Sports Dietitian (CSSD). She earned a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics and in Nutrition, Fitness and Health from Purdue University, where she also competed nationally and internationally in rowing as a student-athlete. She earned a Master's degree in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman's University. Since 2001, she has held a split appointment at Purdue University in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and in the Department of Nutrition Science. As a CSSD, her expertise guides Purdue student-athletes towards enhanced sport performance via dietary strategies. In her academic role, she directs the undergraduate major in Nutrition, Fitness and Health and has taught several courses, including Nutrition Counseling, and the Practicum in Nutrition, Fitness and Health. She is active in Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Sports Dietetics USA, and the American College of Sports Medicine.|
Lauren Link is a Registered Dietitian and joined the Sports Medicine staff in January of 2014. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics and in Nutrition, Fitness, and Health from Purdue University, where she was a member of the Purdue Women's Soccer Team from 2007-2011 and was a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Her primary role is to meet all of the nutritional needs of the varsity sports, including one-on-one nutrition counseling, team nutrition education, meal planning and dietary supplementation. Lauren also works as a clinical dietitian for St. Vincent Health.|