Basic Sports Nutrition from the Experts

Our recent podcast guests, Matt Johnson and Ben Kenyon, provided some valuable nutrition related advice for our student-athletes. Matt is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at George Washington University and Ben is Sports Performance Specialist with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.

Their nutrition tips are very simple and don’t involve major expenditures. Moreover, they can be instrumental in helping athletes elevate their performance, recovery and, thus, enhance their college recruiting and athletic scholarship opportunities.

A summary of these tips is as follows:

  • Nutrition is for fuel to increase your performance
  • You should equate your body to a car’s need for gas  – active athletes need continuous nourishment
  • In simplistic terms, if it looks bad, it’s probably bad for you; if it looks good, it’s probably good for you
  • Prior to competition, athletes need carbohydrates and some protein (cereal, eggs, bagels, wheat, pasta)
  • Post competition, athletes need  protein (recovery shake, meat, fish, greek yogurt) and some carbs to repair their body. These should be consumed within 45 minutes of the end of the game.

As you can see, it’s not very complicated but athletes should take notice and be prepared by bringing these required nutritional items with them to their competitions, particularly during our current tournament and camp season (where college coaches are often recruiting). By following these tips, you’ll improve your short and long-term performance and better position yourself to play well in front of college coaches in order to get recruited and receive an athletic scholarship.

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