Each athlete is an individual adventure for the nutritionist, who takes into account the requirements related to the nature work (training), eating habits, taste preferences, awareness of nutritional decisions or the belief in nutrition changes. The assessment of an athlete’s nutritional status, the rate of sweating, and the body’s needs are individual and strongly associated with genetics, therefore there is no pattern to be followed.
To a large extent, it is the experience and knowledge of the nutritionist that count. Only trust and belief in their competence can build appropriate cooperation.
A food interview with the athlete is an essential element of a dietitian’s job as it provides important feedback necessary for assessment. Work with the patient starts from a general approach and then moves on to nutrition. After the implementation of the basic principles of nutrition, we may start to work on a menu to fit the needs of the player, and even the next step is the selection of supplements. One meeting is surely not enough to prepare such a menu.