Nutrition Education in Your TeamJuly 2, 2020 2020-08-10 16:19
It is vital that coaches act as healthy role mod- els who support athletes to make smart food choices for improves health and sport performance.
WHY IS COACHES ROLE IMPORTANT IN EDUCATING YOUNG ATHLETES ABOUT EATING HEALTHY AND HAVING A BALANCED DIET?
Gone are the days when coaches role consisted of simply turning up at the training ground, laying out the cones and providing kids with the right equipment. In 2019 a youth football coach is seen as a mentor to the young athlete. Coach needs to be well educated and able to share the knowledge with the up and coming athletes of the future in a manner that is easily understandable to them. Additionally, the coach acts as a hub who proactively seeks to educate not only the athletes themselves but also their parents, teachers and community members to create an environment where healthy and balanced lifestyle is promoted.
HOW CAN A COACH INSTILL GOOD HABITS INTO THEIR TEAM?
The first and foremost principle should be setting an example to the young athlete by making the right choices yourself. Make young athletes parents aware on importance of nutrition by setting up a session on sports nutrition where you outline the role of healthy and balanced diet and how it affects sports performance. In football we like to keep track of result, therefore setting up targets for athletes can be beneficial to pro- mote learning and make them more engaged in the process. At the beginning of each week, offer a healthy eating tip of the week to your athletes that they can adhere to.