Young Male Athlete

Most young athletes can get all the nutrition they need from food.  A diet including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy foods, nuts, and legumes are all rich in vitamins and minerals to support physical activity, even for competitive young athletes.

Taking vitamin or mineral supplements does not give an athlete a competitive advantage nor does exercise significantly increase vitamin or mineral needs.  Unfortunately, many young athletes have limited diets due to food preferences, food allergies or intolerances, medical conditions, or busy schedules.

Young Athletes Exercising

We are pleased to have Leslie Cox, RD as our author of a series of articles on Sports Nutrition. Leslie has been a highly regarded dietitian at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta since 2009 and recently began offering her services through Atlanta Pediatric Nutrition and GI Care for Kids. As a former Navy dietitian, she worked in the physical readiness branch developing fitness and weight standards for active duty Sailors. She has been an active and competitive athlete, participating in marathons and triathlons over the last 20 years --and training hard to make that happen.