I had the pleasure of presenting at the US Youth Soccer Adidas Workshop and Coaches Convention in St. Louis, Missouri
What should your player eat during a day of tournament play? What choices are there? What is the overall understanding of nutrition among youth players and parents? What is the interest level of nutrition within a youth sports setting?
Presenter: Angel Planells, Clinical Dietitian, Sodexho Inc.
This session is based on a survey of nutrition knowledge and food choices of youth soccer players and parents. Consider the typical weekend at a youth soccer tournament: The players just played their first match, and now have two hours to prepare for the second match. The players go to the snack stand, and the only offerings are hamburgers, hot dogs and doughnuts. What is the player going to do? This survey attempted to assess the nutrition education levels and food choices of both youth soccer players and their parents. The objectives of this seminar are: 1) To discuss the results and information learned from the survey; and 2) To provide coaches and club officials with resources to disseminate to its members.
Angel Planells MS, RDN CD is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist residing in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in lifecycle nutrition, sports nutrition, and weight management.