Your athletes can train 7 days a week, for hours a day, even . . . but sports nutrition is 80% of athletic success. I call it my 80/20 rule.
The body needs proper fuel to make the athletic moves and reach the goals you’re asking your athletes to perform.
Each nutritional component – fat, protein, carbs, essential liquids – all play a vital role in giving the body its energy, helping it to recover, helping it to build lean muscle mass as it heals, and helping it to rest properly. There are also injury prevention considerations, and foods/supplements which help the body heal faster from injury.
I was a star athlete with real Olympic potential when my nutrition mistakes landed me in the hospital, derailing my future as a successful athlete. Because of what I learned, I’m a board certified sports nutritionist and have worked with many a sports team (including the pros) to keep them on track.
What your athletes eat and drink – and WHEN they eat and drink it – is crucial to the success of your sports program. Please subscribe to my blog, follow me on Twitter, and feel free to post comments and questions here.
Most important of all for high school coaches: please be aware of any supplements your teen athletes are taking. They don’t necessarily understand the risks, and social / financial /societal pressures may encourage them to take risks they shouldn’t. Be sure all supplements are tested negative for banned substances.