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Performance Triangle: Fueling Athletes for Peak Performance

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© April, 2003

by Mike Hays
Offensive Line Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Clay Center Community High School, Clay Center, Kan.

WHEN COACHES MONITOR their strength and conditioning program throughout the year, they’ll often hear the following.

“Coach, I’m tired all the time.  What can I take to help me get some energy?”

“Will supplements help my son get a college scholarship?”

“Coach, what do you think about this Rocket Boost Shake ad I found in my latest Tons Of Muscle magazine?”

How do we answer these questions? And what advice do you give to best ensure the long-term health of your athletes, yet help them to an improved level of performance? 

Recently, we were faced with this dilemma from some of our top athletes who wanted to gain size and increase their energy levels.

Personal Health Journals Revealing
We decided to have the players keep a journal to record their diets for a week. Each player was to write down what they ate, drank and their daily amount of sleep. In the meantime, I researched everything I could find on supplements and performance nutrition. 

After a week, I sat down with the research inf ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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