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Fueling for peak performance

What is sports nutrition?

Sports nutrition goes beyond a typical “balanced diet” conversation that all teens might have with their doctor. It’s a precision analysis of the energy demands of each sport and how student-athletes can maintain a healthy weight, prevent injury and effectively fuel for everyday practice and game day.

Sometimes, overly restrictive diet plans can have negative long-term health impacts for student-athletes. Under-fueling (not getting enough calories for their activity level) can contribute to depression, increased stress levels and poor sleep. A sports nutritionist can ensure your student-athlete is getting all the nutrients they need to stay healthy as well as perform at their best.

“It’s just as important to plan your nutrition and eat healthfully as it is to practice your sport and improve (physically). To get where you want to be, you need to have the right fuel in your body.”

Lora Edwards, MSEd, RD, LD, CSSD

Establishing your nutrition plan

Your initial visit with a sports nutritionist is an hour long, and follow-ups are usually 30 minutes. You will meet and discuss what your student-athlete is eating now, any lab test results from their referring provider, and what your goals are. Then, your nutritionist will work with you to create a realistic meal plan that fits with your family’s lifestyle and schedule.

Below are nutrition resources you can download:

Schedule an appointment with a Children's Mercy sports nutritionist

To make an appointment with a sports nutritionist, ask your child’s doctor for a referral or call (816) 234-3468.

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