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Protein FAQs for Athletes

Protein is a popular topic these days among competitive athletes, but there is a lot of confusion about how much protein they need, when they should eat it, and the best kinds of protein to choose. A leading sports nutritionist answers to some frequently asked questions active people commonly ask about protein in a sports diet.

Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark: Would Ban Youth Sports On Sunday Mornings

Being the mother of an athlete is a challenging yet rewarding role.  So momsTEAM has designated May as Sports Moms Month and is celebrating by asking some of our favorite sports moms to share their wisdom by responding to a series of questions. 

So far this month we have heard from a mom of an Olympic athlete, two sports moms who were themselves Olympic athletes (one a gold medalist), an award-winning health and safety reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the mom of two former minor league baseball players,  a mom and writer from Texas with a football-crazy son and cheerleader daughter, and a Minnesota hockey mom and author.

An internationally-recognized sports nutritionist and best-selling author imagines a world in which youth sports would only be played on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings, and Sunday mornings would be sports-free.

Recovering from Hard Exercise: How to Refuel

What's best to eat for recovery after a hard workout? Here's how, as the parent of a hungry athlete, you can help them choose an optimal recovery diet.

Water Enhances Sports Performance

Here are some "droplets" of information to enhance your water IQ, optimize water balance, and help your child feel and perform better in sports

Eating Foods Rich in Omega 3's: Heart Healthy And May Protect Against Concussion

Eating foods rich in Omega 3's (DHA or fish oil), such as tunafish or salmon, twice a week, is good  because they heart-healthy and may protect the brain against concussion, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark.

Complex Carbohydrates: Foundation of Athlete's Diet

Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, pastas, oatmeal, are the foundation of any athlete's diet, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, because they are the fuel for exercise.

Fruits and Vegetables: Important Part of Athlete's Diet

Fruits and vegetables are "nature's vitamin pills," says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, and should be an important part of every meal an athlete eats.

Nutritional Supplements: Not For Young Athletes, Says Sports Nutritionist Nancy Clark

Taking nutritional supplements such as creatine, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, puts young athletes at a disadvantage because if they start taking them early they will never know what their bodies can do without them. 

Sports Nutrition: Think of Food as Fuel

All athletes regardless of the sport they play should think of food as fuel, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, fueling up before sports and refueling after, and, most of all, ensuring that they make time to eat.
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