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Young Athletes

Young Athletes

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As young athletes grow through childhood and adolescence they face many additional challenges to physically mature athletes. As their bodies develop, a younger athlete’s skeletal structure will undergo significant change as bones grow, they become taller, body composition changes, muscles develop to become stronger, faster etc. This can be an exciting, but often challenging period in an athlete’s career, and one which needs to be carefully managed.

The correct exercise routines, training schedules and competitive programmes need to be carefully mapped-out if young athletes are to meet their full potential without long term injury. Doing too much, too soon can be seriously detrimental to their general health, well-being and future sporting aspirations.

Getting the right nutritional balance is also vital for all athletes, but it is particularly important to young athletes. Because their bodies are not yet fully developed, choosing a diet that provides all of the key nutrients required for growth, as well as the energy needed to perform and compete is vital to help them achieve their athletic potential.

The key is balance and moderation. Unlike adult athletes who may wish to focus on particular food groups and nutrients that provide key benefits for their sport, young athletes should eat a wide variety of foods from a range of food groups. Young athletes should try new foods and flavours on a regular basis, which will both educate their palate and enable them to enjoy a wide range of choices of food throughout their life, making getting the right nutrition much easier.

A wide variety of foods combined with plenty of water will give young athletes a firm foundation on which to build their training. Once fully developed young athletes can then go on and explore the specific nutritional requirements of their chosen sport, helping to maximise their potential.

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Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness for Sport

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Improved health and fitness are two key benefits when you take part in sport or exercise activities. Built upon the three fundamentals of exercise, hydration and nutrition, being fit and healthy has numerous advantages, both physical, such as maintaining a healthy weight, and mental, where studies have shown physical health as being important in helping to prevent mental health problems.

Regular sustained exercise will see rapid improvements in general well-being, especially when underpinned with a healthy, well balanced diet. Maintaining a good mix of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals ensures the body has sufficient fuel to function effectively, both physically and mentally.

To take your performance to the next level, and achieve an even greater level of health and fitness, focussing on the specific nutritional needs of your sport can be hugely beneficial. Supplementing your diet with specific nutrients can help potimise the benefits of your training, help you achieve peak performance and improve your general health and fitness.

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