135. Changing the Battlespace: Integrating Nutrition into AF Special Operations Training

Monday, October 28
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: 121-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 2- Intermediate

Technology is becoming an integral part of society, how individuals receive information, communicate, and learn. As new technologies come on board for human performance capabilities, it is important for Dietetics professionals to keep abreast of the benefits, but also limitations for nutrition programming. This presentation will review multiple human performance technology applications and how they were utilized to help provide metrics for performance nutrition programming and research in the Air Force’s Special Operations, Special Warfare 8-week preparatory course. Additionally, will discuss the benefits, limitations, practical applications and future implications of technology on sports/performance nutrition practice. Technologies include: tablets, digital functional movement screenings, hydration testing, energy expenditure, heart rate variability, core temps, parasympathetic/sympathetic systems, sleep, body composition (BIA/Air displacement) and integrated technology tracking platform.

Learning Objectives:

  • Integrate emerging technology platforms to enhance performance nutrition education and programming
  • Leverage technology to track and implement performance nutrition metrics/protocols
  • Utilize technology and research to measure the impact of nutrition programs

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1020 Computer, electronic technology
  • 2110 Physiology, exercise physiology
  • 3090 Screening parameters, methodology, and surveillance


  • Lindzi Torres, MPH, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, ACSM EP-C

    Operations Officer, Special Warfare Human Performance Squadron

    United States Air Force

  • Molly Wade, MS, CSCS

    Research Physiologist

    United States Air Force