What advice do you give your athletes about Nutrition when coaching at a community, club or rec level?
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Coach Joe Leighton – Gymnastics – Toronto – 35 years
“Try not to go into detail. I encourage to drink water and
to stay away from sugar.”
Coach Sean Ferguson – Swimming – Region of Waterloo – 17 years
“Sports Nutrition can be a very hard thing for anyone to
navigate and understand.
So as a coach, I feel it’s important to inform my athletes
of healthy alternatives to what is out there on store shelves; I don’t have all
the answers or knowledge but if I stay up to date on current research, pay
attention to the ingredients/nutritional labels of products, proactively seek
out nutritional seminars & professionals, incorporate guest speakers for
the athletes, and to take the marketing trends as just that…trends (trends are
not sustainable, but healthy choices are), I feel I am better equipped to help
Too often, you can attend any community/club/recreation level practice or competition, and you will see children & youth chugging down products such as Gatorade, Powerade, Red Bull, Vitamin Water, Chocolate Milk etc. often because these products are packaged in bulk and/or on sale at the grocery store (which is more about convenience than anything), or these products are directly marketed to children/youth by showing their idols consuming the product in commercials and at events. These sponsored products are often filled heavily with sugar/sugar substitutes that are not needed and can be counterproductive; most don’t provide much if any, athletic performance.”
Coach Guy Tapah – Soccer – Ontario
“I advise my athletes to eat healthy before a game. If it is
on their day off they can do what they wish but as long as they are game ready
coming the next day.
My coaching staff teaches our players about the nutritional side of sports, but it is their job to listen and follow what we are saying. We can’t make sure that every single player is eating healthy before a match and in general. Therefore, we give them and their parents a 1 hour session at the beginning of the season on what we expect from our team and this is something we cover.”
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