The University of Kansas Health System

Nutrition for the Youth Athlete

Back to school means back to being even busier than parents and families were during the summer break. In the following short videos, sports nutritionist Randy Evans, MS, RD, LD, discusses the dietary challenges young athletes face and offers simple solutions.

Make time to fuel up with a good diet


The biggest challenge for young athletes is time. Sports nutritionist Randy Evans says that often between athletic schedules and practices, homework and social pressures, students don't have a lot of extra time. That means that focusing on diet and healthy nutrition can fall to the bottom of the list. 

Grab a snack and go: Not the best meal plan


Randy Evans, sports nutritionist, says the biggest mistake youth athletes make is eating on the run. In many cases, they may not have a lot of good choices available. The goal is to help your student athlete with nutrition by planning easy to grab meals or snacks like smoothies. It doesn't have to be a perfect meal, but having a nutritious, get-it-and-go alternative to a sit-down meal can improve diet and overall performance on the field and in the classroom.

Whole foods are a winner for athletes

Athletes are always looking for an edge when it comes to performance. Randy Evans, sports nutritionist, says that when looking a gaining or losing weight for sports, that youth athletes should focus on whole foods versus a low-fat approach.

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