Young athletes who push themselves too hard without getting the proper nourishment risk making themselves sick.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains how to avoid malnutrition among young athletes:
- Teach children about the importance of fueling their bodies, and the risks of not getting enough nutrients.
- Watch for signs of malnourishment and eating disorders, including unexplained weight loss, fatigue, a spike in strains and sprains, increased temperature sensitivity and preoccupation with food.
- Be aware of irregular menstrual cycles, a potential sign of malnourishment among female athletes
- Make sure young athletes eat regular healthy meals and snacks.