Dr. Namrita Kumar
After getting hooked on endurance sports in 2002, I knew I wanted to work with athletes. At that time I was in the software consulting and project management world but looking for a career change. In 2006, I finally chose to follow my passion and went to graduate school for a Master's degree in Sports Nutrition. Fast forward nine years later, I also graduated with my PhD in Applied Exercise Physiology.
At Georgia Tech, our Exercise Physiology laboratory was largely focused on hydration and sports drink research, both in temperate and extremely hot conditions. My personal doctoral research was related to the interaction of nutrition, physical activity, and the brain. Specifically,
- mental and physical fatigue
- the brain’s role in perception of energy and fatigue; and, the motivation and decision making involved when enduring physical activity
- the effects of nutritional countermeasures to fatigue (caffeine and carbohydrate) in endurance athletes versus non-athletes.
I began my coaching practice while I was a doctoral student. Today, I am a full time coach and nutritionist advising active individuals and athletes from high school to collegiate and amateur to professional.
I have also given presentations and participated in panel discussions at ACSM annual conferences, US Olympic Committee's International Conference on Sports Nutrition, the Southeast USA Junior High Performance Triathlon Team camp, and the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainer's annual conference. I have also been involved with the Georgia Interscholastic Cycling Association and am a former Honorary Board Member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association. In 2016 I started a Division 1 Varsity collegiate cycling team at SCAD Atlanta and am currently the Men's and Women's Head Coach for Mountain Bike, Road, Cyclocross and Track Cycling.
My personal athletic experience ranges from endurance mountain biking to off-road triathlon, cross-country mountain bike racing, running, road cycling, duathlon, and cyclocross. While I was in graduate school, I competed with Georgia Tech Cycling and the Topeak-Ergon USA mountain bike team. Although I still occasionally train for and compete in various endurance events, my primary focus is now coaching and supporting my athletes.