Adolescent athletes present unique challenges to ensure proper fueling for exercise as well as continued growth. Demanding schedules and social pressures to perform and attain a desired body image can influence both food preferences and availability. Studies reveal a lack of nutrition knowledge among high school students, and a concerning trend of increasing dietary supplement use among adolescent athletes to achieve certain performance and appearance goals. Addressing concerns and challenges unique to high school athletes is a critical step in helping athletic trainers and other sport personnel guide athletes toward appropriate and optimal nutrition choices for fueling competition and development.
1. Summarize the direct fueling needs for high school athletes
2. Identify barriers/challenges to optimal fueling for adolescent athletes
3. Create an action plan for better fueling for high school athletes
Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff
Allison Maurer is a veteran sports dietitian with more than 14 years of experience fueling athletes from high school, collegiate, to professional athletes. She is in her third season as the Director of Sports Nutrition and Fueling, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Previously, Maurer spent nearly nine years as the Sports Dietitian at the University of Tennessee (2007-2016) where she oversaw the performance nutrition for all sports. Before the University of Tennessee, Maurer was also the Sports Dietitian and an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Colorado, Boulder (2004-2007).
Maurer served on the board of directors for The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) for 6 years. She is a board certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD), a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified LEAP therapist.
She received her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Olivet Nazarene University, and a masters degree in nutrition from Georgia State University. She currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her three boys, Manuel (Manny), Emilio, and Nico.
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