Young people interested in making a career of athletics need to be mindful of the fact that very few athletes ever hit the big time by any other channel than through college sports programs. Oh sure, there is always the occasional superstar that gets noticed in high school or out in the field if a scout happens to be passing through, but, those instances are really few and far between. If you are looking to have a career as an athlete, here is some practical advice to get you started on the right track.
Here is a popular question that is often asked to me and I'm sure my colleagues. Question being, do I need supplements? Well, as most things in life that is a "depends" answer. In general, if you are eating a diet that meets all your daily needs in terms of vitamins and minerals, fiber, and caloric goals, then supplements are probably not needed in my opinion. Here are some suggestions I always ask people before they dive into the mysterious world of supplements.
Possibly the most underemphasized aspect of sports nutrition, hydration can make or break an athlete’s performance. While fuel depletion during exercise can impair performance, inadequate water not only impairs exercise capacity, but can create life threatening disturbances in fluid balances and core temperature. With as little as 1% of body weight lost in fluid, athletes can experience thirst, fatigue, and weakness (1). Thirst drives a person to drink, but it can actually lag behind the body’s need. When too much water is lost from the body and not replaced, dehydration develops.
Question; John “When should I have my energy drink or coffee?”This is a great question. Energy is based on the consumption of food in the form of calories in macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is the only form of energy there is. When you are tired you should start with a well-balanced meal to provide you the energy you need.
Young Athletes who spent more hours per week than their age playing one sport are 70% more likely to get injured? Young Athletes are more likely to be injured if they spent more than twice as much time playing organized sports as they spent in unorganized free play.... Specializing in one single sport increases the overall risk of injury (even when controlling amount of time spent practicing/playing per week).
Yes July is the month that marks the middle of summer. Even though we all know that summer does officially start the third week of July we all seem to look at summer is being June, July, and August. July being the middle of summer is not what excites me. July excites me because it is the month where I personally get renewed with energy in my own exercise, fitness, wellness, and nutrition regimen.