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The Effects of Alcohol on Athletic Performance

June 1, 2017

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The effects of alcohol on athletic performance vary depending on quantity, demographics, and type of exercise, making it difficult to determine specific recommendations. From an athletic performance standpoint, the acute use of alcohol can influence motor skills, hydration status, aerobic performance, as well as aspects of the recovery process.

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Nutritional Strategies to Speed up Recovery from Soft Tissue Injuries

October 1, 2017

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Nutrition plays an important role in the injury prevention and treatment of tactical professionals. Nutritional goals for healthy connective tissue are twofold: increase collagen content in connective tissues susceptible to injury and prevent a decline in collagen content to help mitigate injury and facilitate recovery.

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Intermittent Fasting – An Update on its Effects on Athletic Performance

April 1, 2016

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Athletes have sought out intermittent fasting as a strategy to optimize performance. However, it is important to critically evaluate the research available in order to establish specific recommendations and determine if intermittent fasting is safe or effective.

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Optimizing Athletic Performance—Are Carbohydrates Necessary?

April 1, 2013

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Before sports nutritionists and coaches begin prescribing unconventional eating recommendations to athletes, it is important to consider the scientific evidence supporting a low-carbohydrate diet for boosting athletic performance.

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Nutrition Professionals

June 1, 2017

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All sports nutrition professionals should be able to answer basic nutrition questions. However, athletes with complex nutrition issues should be referred to the appropriate resource as explained in this book excerpt.

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Year-Round Nutrition Program

March 5, 2021

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This excerpt briefly explains nutrition periodization for different training cycles to help maximize performance for endurance athletes.

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Good Fats and Proteins for Youth Athletes

May 1, 2015

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Dr. Lonnie Lowery spoke at the NSCA's 2012 Coaches Conference on the benefits of good fats and proteins for youth athletes.

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Nutrition for Competition Cycle

August 12, 2019

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This book excerpt from Developing Endurance goes over nutritional strategies for pre-competition and during competition phases to maximize performance.

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Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet for Weight Management

October 22, 2018

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The ketogenic diet, while controversial and a highly polarizing subject, has demonstrated promise as an alternative dietary strategy for weight management.

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Micronutrient Requirements for Athletes

May 1, 2020

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This excerpt from NSCA's Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition briefly discusses micronutrients and their role in optimal athletic performance.

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