Fueling Up For The Best Performance
Collegiate student-athletes are always looking for ways to perform at the highest levels. They are constantly in meetings, watching film or working out, in addition to the time they spend at practice. Another area that is crucial to achieving top-level performance is keeping their bodies in the best physical shape through nutrition.
On Monday, April 10, members of the Holy Cross community had the opportunity to learn more about this key component from Kate Moran, who was brought to campus by Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Peer Educators. Moran is the team dietitian for the Minnesota Twins baseball organization, where she prioritizes nutrition education and menu development. In addition, she offers nutrition counseling as well as media, corporate wellness and public speaking services through her private practice, the Educated Plate.
Moran spoke at Seelos Theater about how students in general, and student-athletes in particular, can improve their health, wellness and performance. She explored how individuals can make wise choices in their meal selections to provide themselves with the energy they need to face the physical demands they meet throughout a typical day.
“I thought her presentation was very informative and to the point,” said athletic trainer Dan Hickey. “The takeaway message is that student-athletes are in control of their own diet and should take charge of their health through smart eating choices. In my opinion, the most common mistake athletes make during training is overlooking their ‘fuel’ for performance. Our coaches and teammates demand that individuals perform at their peak throughout the year, and nutrition is a key component to that success.”
Student-athletes have greater energy needs than the general population because of the physical demands of daily practice and competitions. In addition to making sure they are consuming healthy proteins, carbohydrates and fats, they must also ensure they are properly hydrated and have enough rest to perform at the highest levels.
“In addition to making the right decisions on food choices, student-athletes need to have portable food with them to eat between classes or for a snack before practice,” said head athletic trainer Anthony Cerundolo. “It is also important to be well hydrated and get an adequate amount of rest and sleep. Those are the main things to take away from the lecture, which we emphasize here as well.”
With this knowledge of nutrition, Holy Cross student-athletes can establish good habits which will not only help them now, but lead to a healthy post-college lifestyle.
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