Coaches, here is how you get kids to upgrade their nutrition.
This is Phil Tran, championship-winning high school football and strength coach, owner of PT Strength, and NHSSCA Maryland Coach of the Year.
Who is cooking the meals? We try to teach youth athletes and high school athletes proper nutrition, but at the end of the day, they are not the ones buying the groceries and cooking the meals. Parents and guardians are the ones responsible for feeding the children. Educate the parents.
Every girls and boys sport in the youth, middle school, and high school levels begins the competitive season by conducting a parent meeting to provide pertinent information and set expectations. Coaches should utilize this time to emphasize the importance of nutrition and offer basic nutritional guidelines within their scope of practice.
Simply speak to parents in a parent meeting and continue the conversation with them if you are a high school coach. If you are a private sector coach, you should already have a direct line to the parents of all your athletes so nutrition needs to be a regular topic of discussion.
I wanted to answer the question on how coaches can get kids to comply to a coach’s nutritional recommendations so I won’t get into the questions about what should be eaten right now. If you want to learn more about nutrition for athletes, I will refer you to three resources.
Follow my friends and favorite nutritionists Arianne Missimer and Wendi Irlbeck online. Arianne Missimer is a doctor of physical therapy, registered dietitian, and fellow certified strength and conditioning specialist based in the Philadelphia area. Arianne has been named American Dietetic Association Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year.
Wendi Irlbeck is a registered dietitian nutritionist based in Lansing, Michigan. Wendi has worked as a dietitian and nutritionist representing a trade association, serving in the medical field, and at a prestigious SEC school fueling elite athletes to victory. I will attach their social media handles in the show notes.
Also, take some time to watch this presentation by Calvert Hall College High School’s Head Athletic Trainer Chris Zinn on sports nutrition. The link to this presentation is also in the show notes.
Until next time. Thank you.
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View Chris Zinn’s presentation on Nutrition and Sleep here.