International Olympic Committee Accredited Sport & Performance Dietitian
Name: Natasha McLaughlin-Chaisson
Hometown: Geary, New Brunswick
Joined Sportmed: 2012
Languages: French, English and some Spanish
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- International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Bachelor degree in Sciences (Nutrition), Université de Moncton
- Co-op Internship (Nutrition), Université de Moncton
- ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist
- New Brunswick Association of Dietitians
- Hockey Nutrition Network
- New Brunswick Medical Concussion Group
- Canadian Sports Institute
- Coaching Association of Canada
- Cycling Canada
- Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic
- Coach NB
- Various NHL & AHL agencies
“Alumni of 2015” – Univeristé de Moncton Faculty of Health Sciences
What the Sportmed team says about Natasha:
- “Natasha’s a motivated go-getter that views the world as her nutrition playground.”
- “There’s a rumour that she might have already given a tough time to Chuck Norris, however, no other information has been disclosed and when the subject was questioned he responded: “No comment”. As for when she was questioned, Natasha just flashed a grin.”
- “A team player!”
- “I really admire Natasha…she’s very driven, and passionate about her work”
- “Natasha is the energizer bunny she just doesn’t stop!”
- “Energetic. She has a passion for what she does and that reflects in her professionalism with her clients. A go-getter!”
Interview with Natasha McLaughlin-Chaisson
What do you do as a Sports Performance Dietitian?
“As a nutrition coach, I make sure my athletes remain one step above the curve by translating the complicated science and evidence-based sport and performance nutritional research into practical, performance optimizing, easy-to-follow plans and protocols. Correct hydration, performance nutrition, and proper supplement practices help improve speed, strength, reaction time, decision making and power output while reducing limiting factors like cramping, muscle fatigue, and headaches. It can be the difference between winning and losing. Furthermore, proper and personalized nutrition significantly improves recovery time from training and/or injury (muscle, bone, tendon, concussions…).”
Why did you move into Sport Performance Nutrition?
“I’ve always valued the health aspect of nutrition and after a few years in the private industry as a generalized Registered Dietitian, I got a taste of sports nutrition working with a couple amateur athletes. Their sheer drive, intensity, and motivation, their willingness to do whatever it takes to win inspired me and made me want to work with them. I love how athletes follow through and do their “homework” – they do what they have to do to make it happen.”
Do you have a specialty?
“My International Olympic Committee Sports Nutrition Diploma had a Professional Ice Hockey Performance focus, but I work with athletes of all levels, from all sports.
Currently, I’m working with:
- Hockey players and teams in the CIS, QMJHL, WHl, OHL, ECHL, CWHL, AHL and NHL;
- Cycling Canada’s elite (Olympic) track cycling teams;
- American Football at national & provincial levels;
- Soccer at the international levels
and I’m the go-to Sports & Performance Dietitian for many hockey & golf agencies. I also work with many triathletes (ironman, half ironman, Olympic, sprint), runners (marathon, half marathon), and cyclists.”
What do you like best about your job?
“Seeing my clients succeed and reach their goals. Being part of their success. The ability to solve problems and to travel with teams to intervene on-the-spot in camps and competitions.”
Why did you join Sportmed?
“They have the same values and long-term goals as I do. It was evident to me that everyone here takes a great deal of pride in their work. It’s really important to me that I work with people who provide top quality service, who value continuing education and who want to make each client feel like gold. Long term, we want to develop a Sportmed nutrition branch.”
Do you do any volunteer work?
“I frequently speak to schools and awareness groups such as “Héro du Coeur” who want to learn about sports and performance nutrition.”
Are you active in sports?
“My background is in dance, figure skating and running. I also played soccer and softball in school. Weight lifting is my stress release as is running, yoga, and dance (ballet, lyrical, hip-hop, salsa, meringue). I also play recreational softball and love to throw a football around.”
Do you follow any sports teams?
“Do you mean as a fan? If so, the fact that I work with professional athletes from a wide range of teams means that I must be neutral in this regard. I do watch my athletes play/compete to support them, to assure that performance improvements are being made and to watch for signs that indicate how we can continue to improve their performance.”
You can book an appointment with Natasha using the form at the bottom of the page or by calling us at (506) 858-4442.
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