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…

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…