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Player Nutrition

Nutrition Tips

  • Eat for your goals and lifestyle.  If you want to be an elite player you must eat elite.  Eat meals made with wholesome ingredients of the highest quality.  This will involve preparing and cooking!
  • Avoid quick fixes like snack foods and fast food.  Plan ahead by a day or 2 so quality food is always available. 
  • Cartoon characters are not elite so do not eat foods with cartoon characters on the packaging.
  • Drink water.  Avoid soda pop, sports drinks, and juice that are loaded with sugar.

Athlete's Plates

Training volume and intensity vary from day to day and week to week along your training/competition plan. Eating your meals and fueling your workout or competition should also be cycled according to how hard or easy it is. 

The Athlete's Plates are tools for you to better adjust your eating to the physical demands of your training plan. 


About the Author

Dave Ellis celebrated his 40th year of practice in sports in 2011 as a registered dietitian, certified strength and conditioning specialist and as a Level V USA Hockey coach.

Dave also works with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan.

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