Adolescent Athletes Can Struggle With Nutrition Based Knowledge

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BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION Adolescent athletes can struggle with nutrition-based knowledge. Lack of healthy food options, lack of time, convenience, media mis-representation and dietary 'fads ' makes making the “right” food choices over complicated and expensive Professional athletes generally turn to their parents and coaches, teachers and sports clubs for advice. It’s safe to suggest that a large number of these are unable to provide specific recommendations for individuals, meaning we can all be easily sucked in by peer and media influence. The minefield of misinformation that exists in the sports nutrition world online makes it easier to readily accept the social norms and 'trending ' ideas - but who 's to say these are going to…show more content…
While these considerations focus on maximizing the response to the stimulus of training, competitive adolescents have additional protein requirements to support general growth and development (Aernhouts et al.,2007; Meyer er al.,2007). It has been suggested that elite adolescent athletes should aim to intake between 1.3-1.8g per body weight (Kg) consumed in meals spread across the day with higher intakes (up to 2.5g/kg/d) after periods of intensified training (Phillips & Van Loon, 2011). These do not differ largely with the recommendation for adults. In addition, there is evidence that the timing of intake of protein rather than the daily intake is important for maximizing the skeletal muscle response to resistance training. The consumption of modest amounts (around 20g) of high quality protein immediately after training enhances the acute protein synthetic response to exercise stimulus (Hawley et al., 2011). Total energy intake is also important to consider when addressing protein intake as insufficient energy will cause protein to be used as a substrate for energy by the body (Campbell et al., 2007; Petrie et al., 2004) This is why we need to also address carbohydrate intake. CARBOHYDRATES A key focus of an athlete’s daily diet is to provide adequate levels of energy to fuel daily exercise. Replenishing stored carbohydrates (or glycogen) between bouts of exercise is important as carbohydrate in an important and main source of

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