Food recommendations for athletes

Athletic Director: Wow! Our teams did terrific last week! I know much of their success can be attributed to your food recommendations! Thanks so much! Now we need to work on modifying their daily food intake, so they are ready every day to do their best at practice and competitions. What changes should they make to their diet? Remember, you analyzed their current diet for Assignment 1. This week, let’s improve that diet. I’ll let each coach explain what they need.

Coach Speedy: My runners are not consistently ready to meet the challenge of every practice and competition. I think they need to eat the right balance of the five foods groups daily, and those foods need to be spaced appropriately before, and after practice, so they come to practice and competitions ready to go. We practice at four in the afternoon for 1 1/2 hours. The conference championship is in two weeks.

Athletic Director: Okay, now you have heard from the coaches. Time to start making your recommendations. I know this will help each of the teams prepare for their final competitions. For this assignment, you will modify one of the team’s diets from Assignment 1. If your name last name starts with the A-H, then you will work with Coach Combo and make recommendations for his football team. If your last name begins with I-P, then you will evaluate a sample diet from Coach Speedy’s Cross Country team. Finally, if your last name starts with the letter Q through Z, you will assist Coach Power and his weight lifters.

You need to modify your team’s diet, so it meets the following recommendations. Use Cronometer to make the modifications. You can use the same profile you used for the first assignment, just add new days. Also, you will be adding and deleting foods to the diet (do NOT delete all of the foods–the assignment is to make modifications…similarly, leaving 1-2 foods each day is inappropriate). Each diet consists of three days and the average for the three days (trends report) should meet the following recommendations.

Calorie intake is within 250 calories of the calorie level recommended by the diet analysis program. Be sure you selected the appropriate activity for the client profile.
All nutrients are >100% (Please note this is >100% and not equal to 100%). Be sure not to exceed the upper limit for a nutrient (all values should e green–no yellow or red).
The source of calories from carbohydrates is >55%, and the source of calories from fat is <25%.
For the team you are helping, enter the following profile information into the Cronometer diet analysis program.

Coach Speedy and her cross country team: Plan between 2500-3000 kcal/day for a female athlete, 20 yrs old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 135 lbs, maintain current weight, the activity level is active
Coach Power and his weight lifting team: Plan between 3500-4000 kcal/day for a male athlete, 21 yrs old, 6 feet tall, 180 lbs, maintain current weight, the activity level is active
Coach Combo: Plan between 3500-4000 kcal/day for a male athlete, 19 yrs old, 6 feet tall, 200 lbs, maintain current weight, the activity level is active
In this class, you learned the time you eat relative to working out is just as important as the foods you eat. When should the athlete eat the foods you recommend? How many hours before and after practice? Are there certain types of foods they should eat? What about fluid intake? Be sure to space out your food selections, so they meet the guidelines you learned in class.

Remember, variety and moderation are the keys to a healthy, well-balanced diet so the same foods should not be eaten every day. Make sure your diet changes are different every day.

When your diet plan meets the above objectives, screenshot your analysis or print it to a pdf. You must submit this in the assignment area. Also, I need you to write a report, so my coaches will know what changes you made to their athlete’s diet. Use Word to write your report. It should include the following:

List the meal or snack name and the foods to be eaten–give a specific time. Do not give a relative time (i.e. do not say “1-2 hours before practice”; instead, say “at 6:30am.”) Be sure to space out your food selections, so they meet the guidelines you learned in class.
Time when the athlete is working out
What foods did you add to their diet?
What foods did you remove from their diet?
What did you do about their fluid intake?

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