By Karen M. Lew, MEd., ATC, LAT
Are you or your team preparing for competition season? As you begin the preparation, be sure to include a plan for appropriate nutrition. The nutritional habits of a cheerleader can make or break their performance. Nutrition and strength and conditioning work together to help the athlete become well rounded. In today’s society, eating appropriately is difficult but I refer to the body as a brand new car. When you purchase a brand new car that requires high octane gas, you will not put diesel in it. It is the same thing for an athlete preparing for a competition or performance. The optimal diet would be to eliminate any fast food, foods that are high in fat, junk food, or food that does not offer nutritious value. The best philosophy to use is moderation and regardless of your situation and surroundings, it is making wise decisions that make a difference.
Athletes are often busy and on the run. Just as you plan out practices, strength and conditioning, I encourage all athletes to plan out their diet in advance. Optimizing athletic performance using proper nutrition is essential. According to Tavis Piatoly, RD, nutrition can be an athlete’s secret weapon by following four simple tips:
- Develop a habit of eating frequently and planning out snacks and meals.
- The slogan “Breakfast of Champions” is not a joke; breakfast is the basis of your day and the fuel you need to get your day started. Make time for a healthy breakfast, since your body has typically been without food for 10 or more hours and needs some energy to get going. If you skip breakfast, it increases your chances of overeating later in the day. Planning […]