Nutrition for Tendinopathy in Esports

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This course is designed to provide insight into how to properly manage esport athlete’s nutritional needs during tendon recovery.



Casey Thomas

Registered Dietician

Casey Thomas MS, RD received his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology from University of California, Irvine, after which he spent five years working in clinical research before deciding to return to school to become a registered dietitian. He has published research on the topic of cognitive supplements in esports and regularly engages as an expert peer reviewer for journals. His unique research background has allowed him to implement protocols that have facilitated significant improvements in body composition, health, and performance among athletes, assisting several teams to championship victories at the D1 collegiate level. He has previously consulted for professional athletes and Olympians, esports programs, universities, and businesses looking to gain a performance edge. His experience in esports includes 100 Thieves, Team Liquid, KSE brands, CLG, and others.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Intro
  • Pre-Training* Nutrition
  • Controlling Inflammation with Fat Swaps
  • Antioxidant-Rich Foods
  • Continued Recovery
  • Monitoring Alcohol Intake
  • Putting it All Together - Sample Meal Plans
  • Conclusion


Tendinopathy, a prevalent issue among esports athletes, arises from the repetitive strain on tendons during gameplay. Integrating nutrition into rehabilitation plans is crucial for medical professionals, especially physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers, to expedite recovery and mitigate the risk of re-injury. This mini-course delineates evidence-based nutrition strategies tailored to esports athletes grappling with tendinopathy, aiming to provide comprehensive support for their holistic well-being.


*We define training here to mean any activity that significantly engages the area presenting with tendinopathy – i.e., direct gameplay or targeted exercises. 

Pre-training nutrition sets the stage for optimal performance and recovery. Emerging research underscores the potential benefits of consuming gelatin and vitamin C one hour before training to bolster tendon health. Gelatin, rich in the amino acids glycine and proline, provides the raw building blocks for collagen synthesis, essential for tendon repair and maintenance. Combining gelatin with vitamin C enhances collagen production by supporting its cross-linking. Esports athletes can easily incorporate this regimen by ingesting 15 grams of gelatin mixed with 8 ounces of vitamin C-rich juice (with the goal of consuming at least 50mg of vitamin C) as a pre-training supplement. 

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