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Sport Nutrition for Coaches

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I just got a new book this week that I had to tell you about. You know I don't promote books unless they are REALLY good!

This one is for any coach or trainer or dietitian who is working with athletes, especially student athletes. It is called Sport Nutrition for Coaches and is written by Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD. Leslie is the director of sport nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and happens to be the dietitian for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Ballet Theatre, and the Milwaukee Brewers. She is Board Certified in Sports Dietetics. So she knows a thing or two about working with athletes and coaches.

The book is nicely organized to give basic but applicable information on the sources of fuel for athletes (carbs, protein, fat) and also gives specific examples of when and what to eat before, during, and after exercise. An entire chapter is devoted to hydration, too.

The most common questions I always answer for athletes are either how to cut weight (reduce body fat) or how to gain weight (increase muscle mass). Each of these topics has it's own chapter. Supplements, cramping, eating disorders, and even healthy eating on a budget are also discussed in the book.

Again, if you are a coach or trainer of a middle school, high school, college, or pro team, this book is a must! It is a good resource, especially if you do not have the privilege to have a Registered Dietitian specializing in sports nutrition working with your team.

To learn more about the book or to purchase, click here.
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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