hydrating youth athletes

3 Steps To Hydrating Youth Athletes

3 Steps To Hydrating Youth Athletes For Healthy Performance As a coach or parent, you probably know that hydrated athletes generally perform and feel better than dehydrated ones. But do you know just how important hydration for youth athletes really is? And do you know exactly when a lack of fluids begins to negatively impact how…

How Much Water Do Youth Athletes Need?

How Much Water Do Youth Athletes Need? Being properly hydrated is one of the most important steps a youth athlete can take toward achieving peak performance in their sport. Hydration is foundational, in that everything else an athlete does during training, competition, and recovery is at least somewhat dependent upon their fluid intake. As simple…

Getting Enough Protein w/o Meat?

Q: My child isn’t a huge meat eater; how can I make sure she’s getting enough protein? A: Great question and an important one, as protein is the key macronutrient—a type of food required in the human diet—for growing muscles to both recover and repair after a practice. Ellie Kempton, MSN, RD, owner of Simply…

Pros and Cons of Coconut Water

Q: I see coconut water everywhere. Are there benefits of drinking coconut water over regular water? A: “Probably not,” says Ellie Kempton, MSN, RD, owner of Simply Nourished Nutrition in Denver, Colorado. Although coconut water is a naturally-balanced drink full of electrolytes (like magnesium, calcium and potassium), most youth athletes don’t need it regularly. “If…

Travelling For Youth Sports & Eating Right

Travelling For Youth Sports And Eating Right Whether it’s a weekend tournament or a family vacation, making sure your athlete gets the correct amount of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fluids is especially important while on the road. But while it can feel challenging at times, eating right for youth sports while travelling doesn’t have to…