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Kid’s Sports Nutrition: Game Changer

By Raphael | In Nutrition | on August 29, 2017

I received a call today from someone asking if I’d be interested in giving a presentation to a highly competitive traveling youth soccer team about nutrition and performance. He said the kids are good players but have no idea how to eat for performance. I love talking with kids about nutrition, exercise, and performance so I jumped at the opportunity.

Highly competitive youth athletes can get away with eating whatever they want up to a point. But when the last 15 minutes of a game requires the same level of intensity and energy that the first 15 minutes did, it’s going to come down to more than their mental focus and physical conditioning. It’s going to come down to their nutrition on and off the field.

These kids are 16-17 years old, but they’re still kids. One thing about speaking to a younger audience that I always try to remember is what it was like to be a kid; how I processed information and how quickly I tuned-out if I sensed BS or something just got boring. As a kid (hell, even as an adult), your mind can always find a better place to be when it’s disinterested.

That’s one of the reasons I like working with kids. They not only force you to be honest, but they force you to do it in a way that’s also entertaining and concise. They gotta get something out of it fast, something that they can immediately see a benefit from, or they’re out.

To teach a competitive athlete about healthy foods, proteins, carbs, and fats is one thing, but to teach them how to use all this information to bring up their game a few notches, well that’s something special.

These kids want to be a little faster on the field and not run out of energy, and they know that a slight improvement in performance means the potential to be a star. To be the best. To be recognized and to win.  I can help them connect the dots between their time in the kitchen and their time on the field, and when they experience that, they experience the power of nutrition, and it can be a game changer.

And that’s what this is about for me.


4 Comments to "Kid’s Sports Nutrition: Game Changer"

  • shantay says:

    August 30, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

    This is great! My son’s soccer season starts tomorrow. Never too early to teach healthy living, he is 7.

    1. Raphael
      Raphael says:

      August 30, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Thank you, Shantay! Yes, you are right…never too early!

  • Mark says:

    October 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I can’t thank Raphael enough for the encouraging words and tremendous presentation he put together for our U17 boys travel soccer club. Our boys are really good. One of the best in our area. They train 3 days per week and play 1-2 games per weekend. Watching our boys eat fried foods before a game, or worse not eating anything before a game, made me realize what they were missing. My son admitted to simply not having any “legs” at the end of the games. And most of his team mates looked the same. In two short weeks, I’ve seen a dramatic change in the way my son approaches his preparation for practices and games. As a parent, I recognize he won’t listen to me anymore, but he and his team mates loved listening to Raphael.
    Thank you, Raphael!

    1. Raphael
      Raphael says:

      October 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for posting, Mark and also for the opportunity to speak to the boys. A great group who were fun and fully engaged in the discussion. Really happy to hear about your son having more energy. Very fulfilling working with this age group! Thank you again!

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