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How to Work on Keeping Our Girls Healthy

My 15-year-old cousin is an extraordinary high school student-athlete. She plays soccer and basketball for her school and plays club lacrosse in her spare time, while also taking advanced classes. Recently, after an away basketball game, she called me to let me know that their team was on their way home and that they were going to stop for dinner before I could pick her up. Where did this Varsity girls basketball team stop after a victory against one of their biggest competition? Taco Bell. It was the easiest stop and they all wanted to get home quickly.

Recent research indicates that young female athletes have minimal knowledge about nutrition and how the food that they put in their bodies affects their performance not only during the game, but also in school and other areas of their life. Even many collegiate female athletes, due to hectic school and sports schedule, lack of space and financial difficulty, are not able to make the proper nutritional choices needed to fuel an athlete. When high school girls teams are stopping off at Taco Bell after sporting events, this research does not come at a surprise! It is essential to the health of our girls that we not only continue to take active steps to teaching athletic nutrition and health, but also working on starting that education at an earlier age. Here are some stellar examples that Aries gives two thumbs up to give you some ideas of ways different communities are encouraging health education for our female athletes. -On March 18th, fitness facility Ultimate Athlete in Leominister, MA, held an ‘Essentials of Sports Nutrition Seminar’ which included information on helping parents keep their youth athletes healthy. -Linganore High school in Frederick, MD, has links on their soccer program’s website about soccer nutrition. -The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta organization has a Children’s Sports Medicine program that is active in the Atlanta youth sports community. This program provides funds so local high schools can hire an athletic trainer that treats sports injuries and advises athletes about nutrition and conditioning. This charitable organization also provides education services for heath, nutrition, and sports injuries to physician practices and other sports organizations in the city. Even when we are tired, in a hurry, or our finances are in a pinch, we still need to reiterate to our young athletes that their performance in sport can be affected simply by our food choices. Lets work on setting a good example and providing good choices for our athletes to make choosing the right food an easy, educated decision!