Preparing To Support Your Youth Athletes

Roberta Kraus, Ph.D. is a sport psychologist that has worked with everyone from corporate leaders to professional and Olympic athletes. The president of the Colorado-based Center for Sports Psychology, she recently gave a talk to the youth sport parents of the Colorado Summit Volleyball club on how to best support their athletes in their burgeoning…

How to exercise while on vacation

How to Exercise While on Vacation

How to Exercise While on Vacation Summer may mean it’s time for swimsuits, sandals, and sunglasses, but it doesn’t mean it’s time for athletes to completely drop their workout routines, either. While summer is a time for rest and relaxation, it’s also a great time for youth athletes to start preparing themselves for their next…

preparation for youth sports

Preparing For Youth Sports

Physical & Mental Preparation For Youth Sports How an athlete performs is dependent on many things, but especially upon how they go about physically and mentally preparing for game time. While many believe that the physical aspects of performance (such doing drills, warming up, and conditioning) are most important, physical and mental preparation for youth…

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…