Junior Athletes

Functional Sports Nutrition isn’t just for adults, similar principles apply to children and young adults.

Young athletes expend a lot of energy during sports, this coupled with rapid periods of growth and extreme hormonal changes means nutritional requirements can exceed that of what an adult would need.

Junior Athletes

Functional Sports Nutrition isn’t just for adults, similar principles apply to children and young adults.

Young athletes expend a lot of energy during sports, this coupled with rapid periods of growth and extreme hormonal changes means nutritional requirements can exceed that of what an adult would need.

It is common to load young athletes up on foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates with a belief that they will provide more energy and be burnt off.

To an extent this is true from a calories in calories out perspective, however quality not quantity is needed to support growth and development, reduce injury, improve recovery, and support long term health well into adulthood.

It is important that young athletes develop a healthy relationship with food and learn to understand what foods help fuel their bodies.

Just because a young athlete leads an active lifestyle doesn’t mean they are healthy and will be immune to chronic disease in later life – proper nutrition is an absolutely vital part of their chosen sport.

It is common to load young athletes up on foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates with a belief that they will provide more energy and be burnt off. To an extent this is true from a calories in calories out perspective, however quality not quantity is needed to support growth and development, reduce injury, improve recovery, and support long term health well into adulthood.

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It is important that young athletes develop a healthy relationship with food and learn to understand what foods help fuel their bodies. Just because a young athlete leads an active lifestyle doesn’t mean they are healthy and will be immune to chronic disease in later life – proper nutrition is an absolutely vital part of their chosen sport.

A function sports nutrition program will help build plans to boost performance but will also support:

Hormone health | Gut health | Bone health | Immune health

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