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Young athletes need more than practice to succeed in sport. They need a proper diet that will leave them energized and able to perform their best throughout the entire game.
Whether you’re a coach, parent, or nutritionist, you can help young athletes fuel for energy, development, and performance through the sound nutritional guidelines presented in Fuel for Young Athletes.
Author Ann Litt, a frequently consulted nutritionist, columnist, and mother of two teenage athletes, presents the most essential guidelines for athletes in middle school through high school. Litt provides a complete resource filled with practical advice that coaches, parents, and even athletes themselves can apply directly to the training table. Among the topics she covers are
-food and fluid guidelines for young athletes,
-food plans tailored to the specific energy needs of 11 sports,
-recipe and snack ideas that appeal to teens and give them extra power on the playing fields and courts,
-fuel for muscle development and bone growth,
-eating for endurance training,
-tactics for safely gaining and losing weight,
-high-performance meal planning,
-eating well in fast-food restaurants, and
-strategies for disordered eating.
Fuel for Young Athletes helps growing athletes meet their nutritional needs and guides them toward both optimal health and athletic success.
Chapter 1: Food Functions for Developing Athletes
Chapter 2: Nutritional Essentials for Sports
Chapter 3: Fluids for Athletes
Chapter 4: Fuel for Muscle Development
Chapter 5: Eating for Endurance Training
Chapter 6: Tactics for Gaining Weight
Chapter 7: Lessons on Losing Weight
Chapter 8: Dietary Details for Specific Sports
Chapter 9: High-Performance Meal Planning
Chapter 10: Fast-Break Food Favorites
Chapter 11: Beyond the Standard Game Plan
Chapter 12: Special Nutritional Needs for Preadolescent Athletes
Chapter 13: Strategies for Overcoming Disordered Eating
Chapter 14: Championship-Winning Recipes for Young Athletes
About the Author
Ann Litt, MS, RD, LD, who passed away in 2007, was a nutrition expert who had been in private practice since 1980 and consulted many athletes and their parents on proper nutritional practices. She specialized in helping teenagers and young adults develop normal eating habits. In addition, she was a nutrition consultant to the Washington Redskins and the Elite Athlete Training System (EATS).
Litt is the author of The College Student's Guide to Eating Well on Campus and was quoted regularly in The Washington Parent and The Washington Post. She was highly regarded among nutritionists and conducts workshops nationwide.
She was a former chairperson of Nutrition Entrepreneurs, a dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and was the recipient of the Recognized Young Dietitian Award from the ADA.
Litt lived outside of Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons.
"Fuel for Young Athletes provides a sound nutritional program that developing athletes can use to reach their full potential. Author Ann Litt's practical advice factors in not just what foods are best for future sports stars, but also what teenagers like to eat. A valuable guide for young athletes, their coaches, and their parents!"
Tim Flannery Assistant director, National Federation of State High School Associations
“If you are a parent looking for food tips for your growing athletes, Ann Litt's Fuel for Young Athletes will answer your questions and calm your concerns.”
Nancy Clark, MS, RD Sports nutritionist and author of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook
"This easy-to-understand, practical guide is a must read for all parents and young athletes. It provides sound sports nutrition information to optimally fuel the growing athlete's body."
Mitzi Dulan, RD Sports Nutrition Consultant, Kansas City Chiefs