Mindy Black MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N, CPT
Director of Sports Nutrition


Educational Resources:

  • JU Sports Nutrition Newsletter
  • Tips for Refueling
  • Hydration
  • Supplements
  • Rest and Recovery
  • Recipe of the Week
  • Links of Interest

The Jacksonville University Sports Nutrition Department is committed to providing resources to the student-athlete with regards to improving athletic performance and developing healthy lifestyle habits that can be utilized even after their playing career is completed. Through education, individual meal planning, team talks, and one on one meetings, the student-athlete can maximize their abilities to perform at their highest level. The sports nutrition staff works closely with the strength and conditioning staff and the sports medicine staff to provide a comprehensive and individualized plan to achieve the goals of the student-athlete.  


Individual Diet Assessment:

Evaluation, review and recommendations provided by sports dietitian through one-on-one nutrition meetings – Specific to sport and individual for:

  • Body Fat Reduction:

We will discuss your optimal body fat percentage for your sport, how your current eating habits effect your body fat, and what changes need to be made to achieve your goals. 

  • Lean Body Mass Increases:

Gaining lean body mass (MUSCLE) is different than gaining overall weight. We will discuss how to change your eating in order to increase your lean body mass while keeping your body fat at an optimal level.

Pre- and Post- Competition Eating:

We will discuss how & what to eat -before, during, and after competition as well as on the road through menu planning and options for restaurants.

Supplement Use Counselling:

Supplements are meant to be just that- supplemental. After reviewing your current eating habits we will discuss different supplement options that may help reach your goals. We will counsel you on safety, efficacy, and legality of supplemental use if needed.

Injury Rehab:

Science has proven that certain macro- and micro- nutrients are needed to help you heal from injury- whether that injury is a simple sprain or one that requires surgery. We will discuss what foods you will need to incorporate into your eating habits both before and after surgery to help you get back to training as quick as possible. We will meet with athletic training staff, strength and conditioning staff, and team physicians on student-athlete welfare, nutritional and injury progress utilizing a team approach throughout the injury process. 

Hydration Nutrition:

Performance decreases by % when you are dehydrated. You also raise your risk of injury and serious illness when you are dehydrated. We will discuss symptoms of dehydration and how to prevent cramping and dehydration before, during, and after your sport activity.

Team Talks on Various Subjects:

Team talks can be from any of the above listed subjects as well as eating on the road, cooking 10 minute meals, and any other nutrition issue your team is lacking education on.

Grocery Store Tours:

Provided to teams and individuals to improve food and meal choices when eating in their dorms, at home or on the run.

Cooking Demonstrations:

Most college students have little to no experience with cooking. The cooking demonstrations use simple recipes to teach a variety of easy cooking techniques to the student athletes whether they live in the dorm or off campus.

Special Dietary Needs:

  • Education, resources and recommendations regarding food allergies/intolerances, vegetarian, diabetic, low iron, etc.
  • Education and resources available regarding female health and specific nutrition concerns
  • Resources available for disordered eating/eating disorders or other counseling needs


E-Book by Mindy Black: Grocery Store Guide