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Karine Schaal, Ph.D.

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Karine Schaal, Ph.D.
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Hello! I am an exercise physiologist, sports nutritionist, and former collegiate track athlete. I am also a member of the Exercise Science faculty at Sacramento State University, and I live in Davis, CA, with my husband and 2 young children. My practice and research focus on helping female athletes of all ages and competitive levels fuel properly to reap the benefits of the hard training they put in, while steering clear of excessive fatigue and overuse injuries. Throughout my career, I have mostly worked with athletes involved in sports that place a heavy emphasis on leanness as an important factor to competitive performance. While gradually developing a lean and light body is certainly helpful to achieve high levels of performance, it is definitely not the end-all to athletic success. Many athletes are not properly guided on what appropriate body composition goals should be for them, and crucially, how to get there sustainably (e.g. without ruining their competitive performance). As a result, far too many athletes live in a state of chronically under-fueled state called Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). RED-S is a state of energy conservation that compromises many key aspects of health, resilience to injury, and, YES, athletic performance too (the central piece of my dissertation). Feel free to contact me via e-mail if you are interested in dialing in your nutrition to better support your health and training goals! Cheers, Karine
Ph.D. in Exercise Science
Weight Loss
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport
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