Concussions are a hot topic in the sports world, and rightly so. Even with underreporting, it is estimated that 1.6 to 3.8 million sports related concussions occur each year in the United States (Oliver, 2018).
Whole food and “real” food diets have recently been a popular topic of discussion in the sports world. Many dietitians and sports professionals have adopted the “food first” principle. But, how do we guide athletes to make appropriate choices to fuel themselves with the limitless number of products found in stores?
The most widely researched supplement within the field of nutrigenomics is caffeine. Caffeine is a broadly used stimulant that increases activity in the brain, with approximately 75% of competitive athletes using it as an ergogenic aid to enhance performance.
Whether your program has a fueling station that provides pre-packaged ready-to-eat shelf stable foods, or foods needing refrigeration like fresh fruit and cheese, it is important that you are serving safe food to athletes.
Being able to track progress and show validation of a service or product is a key component in almost any facet of work. This statement is especially true for both nutrition and strength practitioners and programs where numbers or photos can clearly exhibit development.
Protein is a key macronutrient used as a building block within several processes in the body including immunity, restoration and rebuilding of tissue, hormone production, growth, and oxygen transport.
Fad diets have taken over the nutrition industry, many of which promise quick weight loss or set guidelines that are not sustainable. One that has become increasingly more popular because of recommendations from doctors or endorsements by celebrities and athletes is intermittent fasting. Fasting is described as a voluntary or involuntary abstention from food, with food restriction being either partial or total.
The nutrition world is an evolving field with new information being thrown at the public daily. While fad diets may temporarily work for some people, it is important to remember that not all diets are appropriate for every population.