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Karen Daigle

Major Karen Daigle
Faculty/Class Advisor - Graduate Program in Nutrition

Education and Certifications

MS, Movement Science, Florida State University, 2003
MS, Food & Nutrition Science, Florida State University, 2003
BS, Dietetics, Louisiana State University, 2001
Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Strength and Conditioning Association
Certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach - USA Weightlifting


Karen has been working in human performance at the elite level since 2003. Previously, she was program co-manager of the Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) Program for US Army Special Operations Command. During a break in military service, Karen worked for the US Olympic Committee as a Sport Physiologist and Sport Dietitian where she was a member of the US delegation to the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Olympic/Paralympic Games. During that time, she was instrumental in developing the first ever full-time sport nutrition program for the USOC. Prior to working at the USOC and pursuing her education, Karen served in the aviation field in both the US Navy and the Louisiana Air National Guard. During her combined military services, she deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO flight operations over Bosnia-Herzegovenia. In 2011, she received the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness (SCAN) Excellence in Practice Award and the Army Medical Specialist Corp Dietitian Award of Excellence in 2009.

Karen's wide variety of professional experiences embraces the concept that "luck" is merely preparation meeting opportunity.

Academic Interests and Research

Karen's academic focus is on nutritional and physiological contributions to human performance optimization. She is the instructor for Nutrition and Performance, Force Health Protection and Advanced Nutrition Assessment with lab and serves as Class Advisor.

Publications and Presentations

2012 (Presentation) -- Daigle K, Barringer N. Beyond Sports: Performance Nutrition for Special Operations Forces (SOF). Presented at Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) Annual Symposium, Baltimore, MD.

2012 (Presentation) -- Stephenson M, Daigle K. Human Performance in Special Operations Forces (SOF). Presented at Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

2010 (Presentation) -- Daigle K. Special Operations Forces (SOF) Performance Nutrition. Presented at Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

2009 (Presentation) -- Daigle K. Nutrition at the Beijing Olympics: The US Perspective. Presented at American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

2009 (Presentation) -- Daigle K. Difference Between Working with Olympic Athletes and Recreational Athletes. Presented at Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sports (PINES) Pre-Conference for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.