196. The Heart of an Athlete: Managing Hypertension in Athletic Populations

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 150 AB
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 142130

Hypertension is known to many as the “silent killer,” and it affects 29% of the adult population in the United States. The disease state is often associated with physical inactivity, increased adiposity and sedentary lifestyle choices. However, many athletic populations, including both recreational and professional athletes, have hypertension. This session will provide an up-to-date overview of the pathophysiology of hypertension, recommendations for medical nutrition therapy, and practical applications of nutrition recommendations across the lifespan in athletic populations–adolescent, adult, and master’s athletes–with hypertension.

Planned with the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition DPG

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of hypertension in athletic population.
  • Discuss the updates to evidence based guidelines for hypertension.
  • Prepare nutrition recommendations for hypertensive athletic populations across the lifespan (adolescent, adult, and master’s athletes).

Learning Need Codes:

  • 3020 – Assessment of target groups, populations
  • 4060 – Exercise, fitness, sports nutrition
  • 5160 – Cardiovascular disease (disease/disorder)

Performance Indicator:

  • 8.1.5 Applies medical nutrition therapy in disease prevention and management.
  • 8.2.4 Imparts knowledge of the importance of physical activity and applies behavior change principles to promote physical activity and decrease inactivity.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


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

    Director, Battlefield Airmen Performance Nutrition


  • Session Speaker(s)

  • Dr. Jackie Buell, PhD, RD, CSSD, AT

    Assistant Professor, Clinical

    The Ohio State University

  • Alan Hinderliter, MD