youth FAQs

FAQs

Common questions about nutrition and exercise for kids. expand_more
By dotFIT experts
on November 11, 2008
Children generally need more nutrient-dense foods in their diets due to the fact that they tend to consume smaller amounts of food at meals. Children who do not receive proper levels of all nutrients do not have the full potential to develop and function optimally. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 17, 2008
It depends on how you define “supplement”, but meal timing, composition and use of healthy “food style” training formulas (e.g. shake mixes, sports bars, etc.) are appropriate and important to any athlete’s success. More...
By dotFIT experts
on November 06, 2008
Based on the fact that there is very little data on the use of creatine supplements for youth athletes, and for ethical reasons there probably never will be, most professionals (including the dotFIT Research & Development team) recommend that the athlete wait until they have completed puberty or reach the age of 18 before using any potential performance enhancing supplement. More...
By dotFIT experts
on December 12, 2008
The rate and amount of muscle gain is dependent on the athlete’s diet, current level of resistance training experience (muscle develops quickly for beginners and slows as exercise-induced muscle is continuously added), the strength training program, growth stage and genetic predisposition. More...
1300mgs/day. The teenage years represent a critical period for bone mineral accrual with rapid gains occurring until age 16. If one More...
Most pediatricians will say at about 10 months you can introduce beets into your baby’s diet. Steaming beats for easy mashing into a More...
Basically the same foods as adult athletes. It's harder to get them to eat properly but just as important, especially during their growth years. A young athlete needs to be on a nutrition plan More...
Yes, and most importantly make sure they are hydrated before the start of the activity. Adolescents tolerate heat less efficiently than adults because they have less surface area and their sweat glands More...
Hydration recommendations for football players are the same as all athletes, but football players need to pay strict attention to the guidelines when practicing or playing in hot weather in full uniforms, More...
All athletes need to follow the guidelines listed below if they want to maximize performance and recovery (and pay strict attention to pre and during exercise/event recommendations): More...
Yes, all athletes have hydration needs that are not the same as non-athletes. Performance is negatively affected before thirst is triggered. The sensation of thirst occurs when the water deficit is ~2% of More...
The sugars in sport drinks are there for a purpose but are unnecessary for non-exercisers. Sport drinks are used for achieving proper hydration and replenishment of compounds lost or used during More...