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Eat to Compete

During my career as a strength and conditioning coach, I always was mindful of the fact that I was part of a multi-disciplinary team, athletic trainers, sports psychologists and nutritionists just to name a few. Sometimes, in some situations I have had to wear all those hats at once and when it comes to nutrition, I would like to pass along the following concepts. Please know that these concepts are basic and broad and if you have the means to work with a sports nutrition professional, please do.

The first thing I recommence is that the athlete must be included in the process. They are better aware of their bodies and will typically have greater input as to what their challenges are and what is realistic for them in their daily lives.  

Gaining your athlete’s trust is the second concept that I can suggest. For this to happen you must be a reliable and trustworthy source for nutrition recommendations that will work for them.

Keep things simple and basic. Far too often, athletes come to me wanting a complete and total overhaul to the way they eat. I have found though, that making multiple drastic changes at once may not be manageable for most. Instead it is my goal to make recommendations simple and easy to follow making one or two changes at a time.

The lifestyle of the athlete must be considered. This includes, but is not limited to, living arrangements, financial situation, are they taking a full class load, things such as these. The challenges that are most likely to occur differ greatly from a student-athlete living at home than one living on campus. The more I understand the better I can help.

I can’t begin to stress just how important eating well is for a high performing athlete, who knows your next great performance can be as close as your kitchen.