Why Sports Nutrition Matters
Nutrition plays a key role in normal growth, development and performance for young athletes. When children learn about healthy eating early, they establish good habits that will help them improve athletic performance and stay healthy throughout their lives. Nutrition is also important when it comes to recovering from sports-related injuries.
Our Nutrition Team
Our registered dietitians are experts in pediatric and sports nutrition. They have received a bachelor’s or higher degree from a program accredited by the American Dietetic Association, and completed an accredited supervised practice program prior to taking the national registration exam. To stay current on the latest research and information, registered dietitians also complete 75 continuing education credits every five years.
The Real Authorities on Sports Nutrition and Youth
With so much misinformation about sports nutrition in the public, it’s important that young athletes get the right information and guidelines. Our registered dietitians are available to meet with teams and schools to discuss sports nutrition in person, and answer questions. Lecture topics include:
- Sport- specific nutrition recommendations
- Eating for performance and recovery
- Nutritional supplements, vitamins, and ergogenic aids
- Fad diets
- Healthy eating on the run and eating out
- Reading food labels and making choices at the grocery store
- General healthy eating
Did You Know?
- Younger athletes may need more calories or more of specific nutrients than adult athletes because of their rate of growth.
- Less than 1/3 of teenage athletes meet their daily calcium intake, which is important for strong bones.
- Water is the most important nutrient. If your body weight drops just 1 percent from losing fluids, your performance will suffer.
- Snacks are an important way of providing nutrients for recovery after training and for growth in the young athlete.
- Despite popular belief, vitamins do not provide a source of energy.
- Dietary supplements are not well standardized or regulated by the FDA—what the package says and what the product actually contains can be very different.
- Dietary supplements can go to market without any proof that they work or that they are safe.
For more information about CHOC’s Sports Nutrition team, including booking one of our registered dieticians to speak to your sports team, please call 714-509-8455.