I have seen many sides of the high school athlete – as a former high school football player, football coach, and now occasional nutrition counselor for high school athletes, it can be an athletic population with several nutritional challenges. From the start you have some young men and women who
According to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), well-planned eating practices help athletes to train hard, stay healthy and injury-free, and maximize their performance. An ideal athletic diet should contain well-balanced portions of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and fluids.
As a dietitian, I tend to have a very “food first” philosophy. I feel that if we eat better and focus more on the quality of the foods we are putting in our body then we shouldn’t feel the need to take multiple dietary supplements.