Fueling Philly's pro athletes: Nutrition experts share secrets to success

Team nutritionist for the Flyers and Union, Nyree Dardarian, knows what it takes to help the pros achieve peak performance.

Paul Kurtz
May 19, 2018 - 12:34 am
Drexel sports nutrition conference

Paul Kurtz | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Nutrition experts involved with the area's professional sports teams were featured speakers at this week’s Drexel Sports Nutrition Conference at the Wells Fargo Center. 

As team nutritionist for the Flyers and Philadelphia union, conference organizer, Nyree Dardarian knows what it takes to help the pros achieve peak performance.

For instance, product placement is important.

"Carbohydrates are so important for athletes,” she said. “We put them at the front of the buffet so they fill them up on their plate first and then end with the other foods that they normally get a lot of."

Dardarian says she's always looking to learn more, which is why she recruited her peers from the Eagles and 76ers.

"I would like to see, what they are doing over at the Sixers, I know they have an amazing nutrition program,” she said. “And over at the Eagles I know that they have a different model of how nutrition fits in and everybody has their own model. So bringing everybody together to have this conversation is a good way to only way to make your teams better."

The experts also shared their secrets with students in Drexel’s Nutrition and Foods program.