Submitted by Jennie COwan, RD
Our first session was basic sport nutrition with key messages to include all food groups and minimize treat foods. Our second session was all about hydration and the best choices with a red/amber/green visual. I introduced hydration testing and handed out cups with a promise to return the following week.
When I came back the next week to test first morning usg samples we asked the athletes who they thought would need to drink more. Working together as a team is key. They were right about who wasn’t drinking enough and plan to work together as a team to give more water break reminders.
Talking, sharing information, showing hydration levels with urine sampling and a colour chart combined with snack packs to demonstrate healthy options has worked well with this team. Starting the conversation with healthy drink options, giving visual guidelines with how much extra fluid is needed turned into a conversation about packed lunches. The athletes left the session with a hydration plan and ideas for bagged lunches. At tournaments so far all of the athletes have stayed healthy with no medical emergencies related to nutrition and all were happy with the knowledge. Go TIGERS!!!