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Jul 22

2016

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Nutrition Education Among Collegiate Athletes by Nella Chamblee

imagesBeing a college athlete means that eating on the go is a way of life. When going from conditioning to class to weights then back to practice, there is hardly enough time to actually sit down and have a healthy meal in all the rush. The impact of this busy life leads to the decrease in the nutritional knowledge of the average collegiate athlete (Nutrition 6). Many of these athletes do not know the reason behind eating healthy. The easiest way to phrase it is to perform well, you must eat well (Nutrition 16).

The effect of collegiate athletes lacking the nutritional knowledge they need can have a huge impact on their performance and overall health. A collegiate athlete needs to be properly fueled before every practice and game to seek the best results. Not being properly fueled and having nutritional deficiencies can lead to a decline in performance, fatigue, or illness (Nutrition 9). Many athletes believe that dietary behaviors are better for college athletes, but they can actually lead to a decrease in performance. The best way for an athlete to fuel themselves is by eating proteins, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and healthy beverages every day (Knappenberger 3).

There are many different tips that a college athlete can use to try and eat healthier. One way is to make a grocery list and designate a certain day to go and get only what is on your list (Knappenberger 4). Also, drink plenty of water. Even if the college athlete is not getting all the nutrients they need throughout the day to perform to their best, they at least need to stay hydrated. College athletes need to be more educated on the effects of healthy eating and how it can increase performance and overall health.

References
Knappenberger, Kate. “Eating Healthy on a Budget: Tips for Athletes”; STACK. N.p., 2012. Web. 14 July 2016.

“Nutrition Education Lacking Among College Student-Athletes – Athletic Business.”; Athletic Business. Ed. Paul Steinbach. Athletic Business, 2010. Web. 14 July 2016.