5,000+ Calories/Day: A sports nutrition challenge

As National Nutrition Month comes to an end, I am reminded how nutrition isn’t just about cutting calories and eating healthy. There is so much more that we don’t think about on a regular basis, unless it affects the patients in our care or our personal lives.

sports-nutrition.pngI regularly visit an adolescent sports medicine facility with one of my children. The clinicians there deal with a variety of conditions and issues, ranging from orthopedic injuries and concussions to eating disorders and, in our case, impaired growth related to caloric expenditure through sport.

Some people may see a kid who is fit and active and think “Wow, he is so lucky!” I see a kid who is competitive to the point that his growth charts have taken some sharp declines during a critical adolescent growth period. While I’m proud of his commitment and determination, I also am concerned for his growth and development.

We are fortunate to have a great resource in our area that has helped us turn things around for my son. He is a swimmer and a runner who trains for hours each day, and to meet his nutritional needs for sport and catch-up growth, he must take in over 5,000 calories each day! Sounds easy, right? Actually, it is a challenge and requires quite a bit of hard work. I ask that you let this post serve as a reminder to be open to the struggles of others; sometimes the problems they face aren’t as simple as you may think.

For some related reading on this topic and more on nutrition, explore Nutrition Today, a journal with articles written by “leading nutritionists and scientists who endorse scientifically sound food, diet, and nutritional practices,” including the following related to sports nutrition:  
  
Posted: 3/28/2016 10:16:51 PM by Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP | with 3 comments


Comments
Steven Brewstet
Informative...
10/4/2017 3:59:37 AM

Sara Hosler
I am not sure whether it is a good decision to eat so much. I understand that the train a lot but our organism also spends a lot of efforts to digest all the food we eat.
1/18/2017 7:28:31 AM

Cathy Weber
Nutrition should be a huge part of every ones daily lives because it's so important to fuel our bodies the right way as oppose to putting bad stuff in our bodies. I like to think of our bodies like cars and what we put in is what we get out.
10/25/2016 11:37:37 AM

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