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Nutrition for Athletic Performance

Choosing the right type, amount, and timing of intake of foods, fluids and supplements can help active adults and competitive athletes perform at their best. To help an athlete reach peak performance, dietitians work with athletes to plan for:

  • adequate energy and nutrients from food
  • enough fluids and electrolytes to keep the body hydrated
  • the right balance of nutrients from foods and supplements, if needed.


These tools provide sports nutrition recommendations, teaching tools and learning activities for school and community coaches to guide recreational athletes and active youth aged 12 to 18 years. Includes nutrition and hydration advice before, during, and after activity, and information on vegetarian diets, body image, and nutrition supplements. The handbook also outlines ways in which coaches can help athletes create healthier eating environments at home, at school, while traveling and in recreation centres.