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Sports and Nutrition

By Robert Reber and Donald Layman
The Sports and Nutrition website (bilingual English/Spanish) by the University of Illinois Extension provides an excellent overview of the importance for athletes to maintain a healthy diet. The four main areas are: Don't Let your Diet Let You Down; The Pregame Meal Planner; Keeping Energy Levels Up; and Keeping Fluid Levels Up. Each unit has a series of informational sheets or an activity. These units can be purchased as pamphlets from the PubPlus website.

Published by University of Illinois Extension in 2005

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Areas:Physical Education
Home Economics
Themes/Keywords: Health
Nutrition
Sports


Vocabulary
dehydration, nutrition, supplements, proteins, vitamins, minerals, nutrients, balanced diet, deficiencies, glycogen, electrolyte replacement, fructose, potassium, starvation


Essential Question(s)
1. What is a healthy diet for an athlete?
2. Why is nutrition important?
3. What is MyPyramid from the USDA?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What should you eat (or not eat) before an athletic event/activity?
2. What should you eat (or not eat) after an athletic event/activity?
3. How do you rehydrate after an athletic activity/event?
4. What is a balanced diet?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: Estimate your calorie needs and look at the amounts of foods from each group that are recommended to meet that need. Create a chart for meal planning for a week.
2. Language Arts: Summarize the sport and nutrition connection in a multimedia presentation.
3. Science/Health: Create a poster board on what an athlete should know about glycogen.
4. Science/Health: Explain the changes over the last decade in the food pyramid issued by the USDA.
5. Math: use a spreadsheet to record your caloric intake for 2 weeks. Then compare to the USDA's MyPyramid Food Intake Pattern for you age and activity level. Write a short summary diet and what modifications would be suggested for you by the USDA information.
6. History (Economics): Research the market for Sport Nutrition manufacturers worldwide (sport drinks or energy bars). Create a presentation on the product as a good/bad product for athletes.
Aligned to Standards
California Content Standards
Physical Education, Challenge Standards
Movement Skills and Movement Knowledge
Standard 3. The student will achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness.
Physical Education, Challenge Standards
Self-Image and Personal Development
Standard 5. The student will demonstrate responsible personal behavior while participating in movement activities.


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