Sports Nutrition – A Head Fake Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

Sports Nutrition – A Head Fake Towards a Healthy Lifestyle

There is little doubt that the number of overweight and obese children is increasing.  Two of the underlying causes are the lack of exercise and poor nutritional choices.  Whether is a recreational or competitive program, participating in youth soccer provides a way to increase physical activity.  At all levels coaches stress the need to exercise, train and “get in shape”.  In many cases, the lessons learned through youth sports leads to a more active adulthood.  Youth sports can also serve as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet.  However, a recent study raises concern about the food environment in youth sports.  It identifies the nutritional challenges and frustrations that many parents face in encouraging healthy eating.  Most importantly it highlights the role that youth coaches can play in helping young athletes develop a diet that will help them perform better on the field as well as lead a healthier lifestyle.

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How Can Sport Clubs Help Foster Health?

How Can Sport Clubs Help Foster Health?

It is clear that a growing health concern in the US and many other countries is the increasing incidence of obesity and related diseases. Over the past few years, the number of children and adolescents who are classified as overweight and obese has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, statistics show that these children will very likely grow up to be obese adults with a whole host of associated health issues such as hypertension, diabetes and orthopedic problems. A large contributor to this problem is the lack of regular physical activity.

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Daily Eating for Health and High Energy

Daily Eating for Health and High Energy

Authors: Nancy Clark and Gloria Averbuch, Food Guide for Soccer

Good food is not only one of life’s pleasures; it is also a powerful tool for helping you to be a better soccer player. Eating the right foods at the right times can help you train at your best so you can then compete at your best. It will also improve your health and future well-being. Unfortunately, eating well on a daily basis doesn’t just happen magically. You need to understand good nutrition, and find time to food shop, so you’ll have wholesome sports foods available. You also need to find time to fuel up and refuel with an eating schedule that enhances your energy and improves your performance. Unfortunately, the chaos of training and general schedules that lead to erratic eating patterns may result in losing track of what you have—and have not—eaten. In this chapter, you will learn the basic tips about how to eat well, even when you are eating on the run. But first, it helps to understand what “eating well” means. A simple definition is to eat:

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