Pre-Game Nutrition Tips for Youth Athletes

Any sports parent knows that the right food can make or break their player’s performance! A hungry athlete is an energy-less athlete and it’s impossible for them to play their best if their body doesn’t have the fuel it needs in order to perform! But just because you fed your child on the way to the game (we’ve all done the drive-thru run) that doesn’t mean they are actually in tip-top shape. Being full isn’t the same thing as being 100% ready to play! […]

2015-02-03T18:02:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|Nutrition & Fitness|

Why Confidence is So Important in Youth Sports

A lot of things go into making someone a great athlete. They need at least a little natural talent, be willing to learn and put in the hard work that pushes them to the next level, know how to take a loss on the cheek and keep on trucking, stay focused and committed even when they are tired and lots more. Plenty of parents and coaches look for the “secret” to turning a kid into an athletic superstar, and while there is no one “right way” to help a child become a solid youth athlete (and maybe beyond) it’s fair to say that confidence plays a big part in the overall process! If a child doesn’t believe in themselves no amount of outside work will matter! […]

2014-10-28T19:54:23+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Nutrition & Fitness|

Why Mental Strength Matters for Youth Athletes

In order to be successful in the long run, youth athletes need to be both physically AND mentally strong. Obviously being a top athlete means being in top physical condition (which varies based on the sport), but being strong mentally is essential to a long and prosperous athletic career. […]

2014-07-22T18:37:02+00:00 July 22nd, 2014|Nutrition & Fitness|

3 Tips for Preventing Heat Illness Among Athletes

Summer is in full swing, and with temperatures easily climbing into the 80s and 90s youth athletes are certainly feeling the heat! A study by Andrew J. Grundstein, an associate professor in the department of geography at the University of Georgia, found that 123 high school football players died of heat-related illnesses between 1960 and 2009. While every death is heart-breaking, what’s even more frustrating that all of those deaths were totally preventable. Heat illnesses including cramps, exhaustion, and even heat stroke are completely preventable and treatable given parents and coaches keep an eye on their players for the signs and symptoms and immediately give them time to cool down if it looks like an athlete is in rough shape. […]

2014-07-14T17:14:33+00:00 July 14th, 2014|Nutrition & Fitness|