Sports Nutrition for Youth Athletes

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Youth Athletes – Why Didn’t I Make the Team?

One of the most stressful times for a youth athlete is trying to make the team during tryouts. Why do some kids not make the team while others do? Here is a list of the most common reasons. More »

Sports Drink Ingredient Issue – Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated vegetable oil, aka BVO, is a patented product that is used as a flame retardant in plastics but is has also been used as an emulsifier in sports drinks since 1931. It took several decades before its harmful effects came to light and countries started banning its use in drinks. More »

Protein Shake Recipes – Series FIVE

Today’s recipes involve a candy flare with tastes like bubble gum, butterfinger, and candy cane and three more recipes for the coffee lovers. More »

 

Anabolic Steroid Use in Teenagers

anabolic steroidAnabolic steroids are used for weight gain, size, strength, power, speed, endurance, and aggressiveness. Anabolic Steroids increase protein synthesis giving you a faster recovery time and the ability to reach quicker gains from strength and power in half the time of a normal athlete. Steroids make muscle fibers larger, which is why you will see athletes with full pumps at all times. In other words, with you being 16 years old and observing the difference in the body mass of the steroid user you will see the continual pump from the amount of muscle fibers, and cells groomed by the testosterone ingested into the user’s body. Steroids trigger calcium release and allow your muscles to contract quickly and more powerfully. This will make you feel that you can lift the world! The short-term benefits of steroids to me are no comparison to the long-term affects especially within a teenager. At 16, the emotions and hormone imbalance that you are experiencing is a breeding ground for “ Roid Rage”. Although most people say it’s a myth, the science proves that you will be affected in your mind and body. It is real, and nothing about it is a myth! Some of the main conditions you may experience are toxic liver, kidneys, abnormal heartbeat, and cancer. Now keep in mind you have to take more than 400 mg of the substance per week. To you that means 1/6 of a teaspoon. If you do this at 16 years old for 52 weeks out of a year you will inevitably cause severe damage to your body and to your wallet.

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Exercising in Heat – Tips for Training Athletes

Exercising in HeatExercising in heat prepares the body for a positive thermal balance. While a human being exercises their core temperature increases. This increase in temperature is relative to the environment. The body must also be able to regulate its heat and blood flow to the appropriate muscles. This mostly happens through Vasodilation. One of the major effects on the system at this particular time is the effect of plasma volume and central blood volume. Plasma Volume decreases during exercise and is lost through sweating, and central blood volume almost always decreases because less blood returns to the heart. Total blood volume is most compromised do to exercise in the heat. That being said the athlete must quickly become acclimated and hydrated in order to train in the heat.

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Genetically Modified Foods in Your Diet

genetically modified foodGenetically modified foods are those foods that have had a portion of their DNA changed for a specific purpose. Adding a gene to the plant has given producers the ability to add a trait normally not found in the species like resistance to herbicides or viruses or a toxin to kill insects that harm them. Growing larger and better crops is the end desire but are they all safe? GMO labels are not mandatory in the US or Canada though 50 other countries do have them. Starting in 2018, Whole Foods Market will begin adding GMO labels to products in the US much like it already does in Britain. This article explains which foods are already on the market with genetically modified varieties.

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Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Impact on Human Health

antibiotic resistant bacteria 2Antibiotic resistant bacteria have developed into a more serious health risk in recent years. Infections are quite common with some types of bacteria becoming resistant to commonly used antibiotics. This results in stronger forms being used and a possible resistance to them as well.  Stronger medications can be less effective, more toxic to humans and more expensive to administer. Antibiotic resistant bacteria can come from more than contact with someone who is sick. They can also come from the food that you eat.

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Team Training Sessions – Keys to Effectiveness

team training sessions - teachOff season team training sessions area great way to help youth athletes develop strength, power and speed outside of their normal sport. The problem is that a lot of coaches are relying on old training styles or relying on inexperienced strength coaches who may do more harm than good. There are eight basic principles that will help you to develop effective team training sessions of your own.

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Protein Shake Recipes Series Twenty Three

Time for more protein shake recipes! No real theme for this one, just some good ingredients. As with most protein shakes, place the liquid portion of the recipe in the blender first then add the protein powder and fruit/vegetable ingredients.  Blend the mixture on high until smooth. Pour into your favorite glasses and serve!

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Blueberry Almond Protein shake recipeABB – Almond, Banana, Blueberry

2 scoops vanilla protein powder
8 oz almond milk
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 banana
4-5 ice cubes

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