Anita Bean's Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes by Anita Bean

By Anita Bean

Younger athletes, mom and dad, coaches and PE lecturers need to know how good
nutrition might help younger sportsmen and ladies satisfy their potential.
As the govt makes a speciality of fit consuming for kids, this is
becoming much more very important with the becoming hazard to their
well-being from state of no activity and weight problems. With the 2012 Olympic Games
approaching, the variety of teenagers partaking in recreation is set
to be the top it has ever been. round eighty five% frequently participate in
sports actions outdoors classes - swimming is the main common
activity for ladies, with soccer for boys. forty three% spend among 1-5 hours
per week doing recreation outdoor lesons (Sport England).
Carefully researched and pleasurable the necessity for a food booklet in particular for this age crew, activities meals for younger Athletes
offers transparent recommendation to activities coaches, academics and fogeys of young
people eager to maximise their activities functionality via eating
healthily and sensibly. The publication covers concerns such as:

Weight, physique composition and consuming problems
Nutritional concerns for 5 different types (Track/running, swimming, gym/ice/dance, racquet activities, football/rugby)
Practical food guidance
Eating plans and festival consuming recommendations
Easy scrumptious and nutritious recipes

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The reason manufacturers add sodium to sports drinks is to stimulate thirst and encourage drinking. Sodium also has an anti-diuretic effect, reducing urine production and helping the body retain more fluid. This may be useful for promoting recovery after exercise (see Chapter 2, page 55). indb 33 29/06/2010 11:52:16 ANITA BEAN’S SPORTS NUTRITION FOR YOUNG ATHLETES W A T C H OU T F OR HIDDEN S A L T Three-quarters (75 per cent) of the salt we eat comes from processed food, so you might not realise how much salt young athletes are eating.

That’s because the body steps up its production of antioxidant enzymes in response to regular exercise. However, it’s also a good idea to eat plenty of foods that contain high levels of antioxidant nutrients: fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Scientists have found that supplements don’t work as well as the naturally occurring antioxidants in foods. W H A T A R E F R E E R ADICA L S ? Free radicals are destructive elements, which are produced all the time as a normal part of cell processes. In small numbers they are not a problem but, in larger numbers, they can fur up the arteries, and increase the risk of thrombosis, heart disease and cancer.

It is tempting to believe that supplements will benefit an athlete’s performance but, in fact, there’s little scientific evidence to support their use (IOC, 2004; Lukaski, 2004). , 2009). g. lacking fresh fruit and vegetables; or any major food group), should you consider supplements. In general, young athletes should aim to get their vitamins and minerals from their diet rather than from supplements. Nutrients are absorbed better from food, where there are also other important components such as fibre, protein and essential fats.

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