Sports nutrition courses targeting the young athlete teach the basics of fueling the body for athletic performance.
We know that excelling at youth sports requires more than being born with a natural inclination to athleticism, or participating in long hours of training, or even, purchasing extra lessons.
Being a great young athlete requires an understanding of how the body uses food as fuel.
This understanding informs which foods are eaten, day-to-day eating habits, and food decisions made for training and competition.
Young athletes edge out the competition when they know what, when and how to eat.
Teach Young Athletes about Sports Nutrition
You probably already know that eating well is the secret to future health and optimal growth for the young athlete. But did you know that a proper food plan can help your athlete focus on the field, have more endurance, and recover faster?
Perhaps you want your athlete to take ownership for his or her nutrition. You want him to make healthy food choices, especially when you’re not around to help.
There is no way your athlete can do this without knowledge of sports nutrition.
This understanding is the secret ingredient to a competitive edge, on and off the field.
Eat Like a Champion – a sports nutrition program for young athletes – is your answer.
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Sports Nutrition Courses Help Athletes Be Their Best
All those hours of training may not be enough to nudge your athlete to his peak performance. But an athletic eating plan added to the mix may help him soar to a new level of competitiveness.
What is Eat Like a Champion?
Eat Like a Champion is a four-module sports nutrition class including 18 video lessons, 13 printable worksheets, two e-cookbooks, and several expert audio recordings.
The Eat Like a Champion class is the young athlete version of the popular book, Eat Like a Champion by Jill Castle, MS, RDN.
The lessons are designed to help young athletes learn about nutrition for sport in an age-appropriate way so they can make good eating decisions to benefit their athletic performance, while also covering their nutritional needs for growth and development.
Through multiple lessons, worksheets designed to help the athlete formulate his athletic eating plan, and audio recordings by experts in the field, young athletes will gain the knowledge needed to be independent with fueling their growing, athletic body.
How this sports nutrition class breaks down:
Part 1: The Athlete’s Fuel
The Goal: Teach the young athlete about food, nutrients, and how the body uses calories and macronutrients like protein to improve athletic performance. In this module, your athlete will learn:
- What it means to have a healthy diet
- The function and purpose of the major nutrients for sport: carbohydrates, protein and fat
- How to calculate daily energy and major nutrient requirements
- The food sources that deliver important nutrients
- How to balance all foods in the daily athletic diet
Part 2: No Nutrient Left Behind: Supporting Players
The Goal: Bring awareness to micronutrients and their role in health and the avoidance of injury and illness. In Module 2, your athlete will learn about:
- The role of vitamins and minerals in sport
- Where to locate vitamins and minerals in food
- Calcium and vitamin D, the bone building nutrients
- The important role of iron in the athlete’s diet
- Where to source important micronutrients from food
- What to do if there is a deficiency in his or her diet
Part 3: Hydration
The Goal: Teach the athlete what to drink, how much, and how to spot dehydration. In this module, your athlete will learn:
- The best hydration drinks
- Why dehydration can rob the young athlete of a great performance
- How much fluid young athletes need
- To spot dehydration
- Several ways to check hydration status
- Best criteria for choosing a sports drink
- The lowdown on energy drinks and electrolyte drinks and how to manage them
Part 4: The Athlete Diet Plan
The Goal: Develop an eating plan for both training and competition. Here your athlete will take everything learned about food as fuel and put it together into a meal and snack plan. Specifically:
- How to balance all foods at mealtime
- What constitutes a power snack
- The best timing of eating (before, during and after exercise)
- What changes need to be made for competition days
Additions to the Core Program
You’ll receive two e-cookbooks: Fast & Nutritious Breakfasts for the Young Athlete and Fuel Up! Dinner Recipes for Young Athletes.
And, bonus audio recordings with Olympic athletes Dan Walsh and Gevvie Stone, renowned sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, and several researchers in the area of sports nutrition.
Students of this program will have access to all lessons, worksheets and audio recordings for the lifetime of the program, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
An understanding of sports nutrition is the secret ingredient to a competitive edge on and off the field.
Benefits of Learning About Sports Nutrition
When your athlete completes this sports nutrition course, he or she will:
- Know which foods are best for fueling a growing, athletic body.
- Create a plan for eating and drinking so she’s energized and focused for practice and game time.
- Have a plan for promoting muscle healing and reloading from grueling workouts.
- Know without question he’s developing healthy eating habits for a healthy future (and after his sports career has ended).
- Understand how food influences athletic performance.
- Nail the timing of eating so that he feels great at game time.
- Know she’s doing everything she can to power her performance for herself, and her team.
Help your young athlete learn everything he needs to know to fuel his body for athletic performance, including proper nutrition, developing good eating habits for sport and health, and how to be ready to compete.
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