Diana Bocklund, MS, LAT, ATC, FF/EMT
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER
Eagan High School
Did you know?
Foods that are high in protein can be something other than meats!
Broccoli, spinach, avocados, peas, beans, or Brussels sprouts are just a few items to get you thinking outside of the box for foods rich in protein.
You do not need to use protein powders to be able to help build muscle, you just need to add more protein to your well balanced diet.
If you want to help your body build muscle you need twice as much protein to be a high functioning athlete of what your body would need without playing football.
Your GOAL this week -
Incorporate protein at the following meal times:
Protein snack ideas:
If you are looking for ideas about protein supplements (powders or shakes) please consider these options Kaela , our TCO Nutritionist, recommends.
Look for supplements that are NSF certified. Meaning, they go through a third-party testing process that ensures the product and its ingredients are safe.
Powders (DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS!) - NSF Certified
Ready-to-Drink (FOOD/NUTRITION LABEL!)
When our players met with Kaela, one asked about the use of Supplements for high school athletes.
The main two things mentioned about Supplements were as follows:
1) As high school students, our players are still in the development phase of life.
Their bodies will continue to grow till they are around 25 years old. If we start to add supplements to skeletal immature (meaning they are still growing) players it will not help those individuals get bigger, faster, and stronger.
2) The best thing for our players, at this age, is to develop a well balanced diet. They can get all the nutrition they need from the foods they eat!
Goal this Week:
Take 5 minutes to read through the [linked] handout Kaela provided about Supplements.
If you are looking at adding Supplements for the players it is important to understand what is in them. As I mentioned last week about protein powder, we want to make sure the supplements have been tested by a third-party.
My recommendation if you do want to put your athlete on supplements is to reach out and schedule a Nutrition appointment with Kaela Colvard at the Training Haus in Eagan. Her number is 952-456-7650 ext: 32986.