Nutrition Articles

Proper nutrition provides athletes with the energy, nutrients and hydration they need to progress in their training and perform optimally. In addition to following a healthy diet, athletes must pay particular attention to gaining muscle and losing fat, which together improve athletic performance. To power workouts and games, and to ensure a strong recovery, elite athletes take care to eat properly and to hydrate before, during and after workouts and competitions. In some situations, athletes gain an edge with prescribed use of safe supplements. Learn how elite athletes supercharge their performance by following scientifically-supported nutrition strategies.

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Fuel for Success: Add Protein to Your Breakfast

A quality breakfast in the morning lays the foundation for your nutritional intake, providing the energy and nutrients you need to get through the d...

Why Female Athletes Should Make Protein a Part of Their Diet

Many female athletes believe that if they consume large servings of protein, they'll bulk up. And since most female athletes want a slim appearanc...

Why Female Athletes Should Include Fat in Their Diets

If you're like many other female athletes, you might be aiming to lose a few pounds to improve your body composition and amp your performance. One...

Iron Needs for Female Athletes

Athletes, particularly those in endurance sports, depend on efficient oxygen delivery to working muscles. Iron deficiency, which is especially prevale...

Recipe for a Healthy Subway Sub

Many people load their subs with cheeses and dressings that are high in fat, reducing the performance benefits. But Subway serves up a tasty and h...

Why Water Isn't Enough for Athletes

High performance athletes know that water is essential for keeping their bodies hydrated and functioning at the highest level. But for intense phy...

Drink Cold Fluids During Workouts

Does fluid temperature impact performance? Perhaps, suggests a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Me...

In the Kitchen With Gabby Reece

Pro beach volleyballer Gabby Reece is a self-described fitness enthusiast.  She also eats healthy. The 6'3" former Florida State star and Olympian is...

How to Reduce Body Fat

Changing your body composition requires more than just hitting the gym. Your diet plays a big role, too. Ask any sports nutritionist about redu...

Volleyball Nutrition Plan

Optimal delivery and timing of nutrients are necessary to adapt to the training provided in Stanford's eight-week S+C program. As the program ...