Sports nutrition is crucial to athletic success, and no one realizes this importance more than team dietitian Janelle Vincent. A former Bison athlete for five years, she is now giving back to the brown and gold by making sport nutrition sessions available to the players, as well as conducting hydration testing, cooking classes and in-season travel guidance.
As an undergraduate student, Vincent competed for the Bisons in cross-country and track & field.
"One of the most important things I try to get across to the players is how important properly fueling your body can be for sport performances," she said.
"Our main focus is usually proper fueling throughout the day, with a focus on recovery and hydration."
Vincent has turned her role into a career, extending her time with the Bison colors she once wore.
"I feel proud to now have a career that allows me to continue working with Bison Sports, and feel invested in the team and athletes I work with."
Early in her life, Vincent had the realization of wanting to be involved with athletics long term. That passion was first introduced in high school and grew in her post-secondary years, leading to her completion of two university degrees: a Bachelor of Exercise in 2004 and a Human Nutrition Sciences in 2007, followed by a Dietetic Internship the following year.
In 2016, she became a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She is also a Level 3 (competition development) trained coach.