Nutrition for Child Athletes When They Are Traveling

Lauren K. Williams, M.S., Registered Dietitian, discusses travel nutrition for child athletes.

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Lauren K. Williams, M.S., Registered Dietitian, discusses travel nutrition for child athletes.
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Featuring Lauren K. Williams, M.S., RD

Duration: 2 minutes, 1 seconds

For parents and coaches with traveling youth athletes, there's a couple important nutrition tips that you might want to consider to maximize their performance.

Children are not as aware of hydration as adults are, so as parents and coaches it's important to remind kids to keep hydrated when they're traveling.

Make sure to take a water bottle with you at all times, on the bus, airplane, whatever it might be, making sure to have that water there that kids can make sure to refill their water bottles up with as well. Parents and coaches, make sure to bring enough water with you on your travel trips so that kids can either refill their water bottles or grab another one.

Also important to keep that athlete refueled during the day, so packing a cooler with healthy snacks or meal options before that competition or that game. Things like peanut butter sandwiches can be great. Also, sandwiches with jam on them as well can give them some good carbohydrates. Fruits and veggies are also excellent because they pack easy, pair it with some cottage cheese or some yogurt as a healthy snack or meal option before competition.

In between the period is extremely important for youth athletes. So focus on high carbohydrate, nutrient-dense foods. Things like orange slices or even grapes - make sure they're washed - but those are excellent sources of carbohydrates to get your youth through the competition.

Post-competition again, making sure that you have either a restaurant option picked out or healthy meal options there for that athlete as soon as that competition ends. Sandwiches again are a great idea as they're easy to pack and they can be very nutritious.

For more information and tips for your youth athlete contact yoru local sports nutritionist or your local registered dietitian with a sports expertise.

Presenter: Ms. Lauren K. Williams, Registered Dietitian, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Registered Dietitian

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.