Upcoming Region Events:
Hydrate Like You Mean It – Hydration Research Within Collegiate Athletic Populations
Presented by: Samantha B. Kostelnik, PhD, RDN, LD
Thursday, April 14th at 12:00pm (CST)
Maintaining one’s hydration status and preventing the consequences of dehydration is a well-
researched topic. In fact, several fluid recommendations have been established to aid the general
population, as well as the athletic population in this task. However, studies have shown that roughly
55% of children and 75% of American adults are chronically dehydrated. In addition, roughly 70% of
collegiate athletes start practice or competition in a dehydrated state. Dehydration among athletes can
lead to cognitive impairment, decreased alertness, muscle cramps, headaches, and a decrease in
physical performance. Therefore, this session will elaborate on the current research surrounding how to
better improve the hydration status of athletes.
Meet the speaker:
Dr. Kostelnik is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Mississippi (UM) within the Nutrition and Hospitality Management Department. She also serves as a team Sport Dietitian for the UM student athletes. Her research interests focus on evaluating ways of improving athletic performance related to hydration status and Vitamin D. She earned her PhD from Virginia Tech and her BS degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed her dietetic internship within the Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) at Virginia Tech.