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U15 - Nutrition. Younger Players Primary aim is to support and develop healthy habits. Adequate energy is needed to facilitate growth and development.

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1 U15 - Nutrition

2 Younger Players Primary aim is to support and develop healthy habits. Adequate energy is needed to facilitate growth and development.

3 Key Nutritional Issues for sport Replacing fluid. Replacing Carbohydrates. Adequate Protein Healthy Balance Good habits

4 Nutritional needs for young elite athletes Enjoyment of sport often begins at a young age. Encouragement of health dietary practices so that adequate nutritional requirements are achieved. There is little child-specific information relating to sport therefore recommendations are generally based on the requirement of healthy non-athletic children and adults.

5 Carbohydrates: How much? No exact figures it is based on adult requirements. 1g per kg of body weight within 30mins – 2 hours of training or competition. 65kg player needs 390g of carbohydrates and most are not achieving this.

6 Dehydration Muscle cramps Sickness and headache Dark urine Dry mouth and throat A feeling of extreme heat which remains after a cool down time.

7 Fluid replacement Thirst is a late indicator for dehydration. Recommendations are: U15years: 45mins before mls 20mins during after asapliberal until pee U-17years:45mins before during after asapliberal

8 Putting it into practice Children should be encouraged at an early age to adopt healthy eating habits. Its easier to make changes when you are younger rather than when you are older! Body image and weight can be a factor. Focus on sporting performance rather than image. Adolescents seem to obtain the majority of information from magazines and media. –Use pictures of famous athletes eating and drinking Cookery sessions are available from various sources. A positive approach and positive reinforcement works well. –How would you do this?

9 Putting it all together The basic advice is the same for different age groups except that quantities will differ for bigger players. Encourage players to bring and use drinks at all training sessions and competitions. Basic food after training (pasta, potatoes, meat, vegetables, curry and rice, soup and sandwiches, yoghurt, rolls and fruit etc.) would be much better than sweets, biscuits or chips after training. Follow by example!

10 U-15 Key Points U-15: Water before, during and after training. Best Practice to bring your own bottle. Bring a carbohydrate snack for directly after training/match (yoghurt and banana). Basic food after training/competition (up to 2 hrs)- pasta, potatoes, meat, vegetables, curry, and rice, soup and sandwiches, yoghurt, rolls and fruit etc Younger athletes have an increased requirement for protein (meat, chicken, fish, dairy products bread, baked beans and pasta). Avoid greasy fast food. Give athletes a copy of the competition menu for their parents to stick up in the kitchen.


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