Nutrition for Athletes

Whether your child plays football, soccer, baseball or tennis, it’s essential that they get the right nutrition. Eating a well balanced diet and drinking enough water will help your child gain more power and strength. It is important to consult your doctor for sports nutrition advice that is specifically individualized to your child’s needs.

OrthoInfo states that the most important nutrient for athletes is water. About 60% of one’s body weight is made up of water. The body does not store or produce water, so that’s why you must always stay hydrated. Even if you’re not thirsty, you must still drink water.

–  Drink small amounts of water throughout the day.
–  Cool water can help lower your body temperature.
–  Track sweat loss by weighing before and after a practice or game.

Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, pasta, bread, cereal and rice and are a great source of fuel. Your body converts carbohydrates into energy. Proteins should make up about 12% to 15% of your daily calories according to OrthoInfo. Protein can be found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, beans and nuts. The more physically active you are, the more protein you will need. Proteins help your body build new tissues. Next time you’re child has a practice or a game, make sure they are well hydrated and properly fueled with proteins and carbohydrates.