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- In 2014, we implemented the first RESO Sport Programs in partnership with the Worcester Sharks.
- The Worcester Sharks were a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) that played from 2006 to 2015.
- They were affiliated with the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
- The main Goals were:
- Improving food intake and overall quality
- Increasing concentration, specifically the last ten minutes of a game
- Accelerating injury recovery
- Individual nutrition and stress reduction counseling.
In 2017, we coached the first baseball team.
- The Worcester Bravehearts are a summer collegiate baseball team based in Worcester, Massachusetts, that plays in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) of New England starting in 2014.
- We were proud of participating in the historic season with playoffs participation.
There are many ways in which eating and drinking well can allow athletes at all levels of performance to achieve their special goals of their training and competition programs.
- It makes no sense to train hard and ignore the benefits that follow from good choices.
- A well chosen diet offers many benefits to all athletes, irrespective of sex, age, or level of competition:
- Optimal gains from your training program
- Enhanced recovery within and between workouts and events
- Achievement and maintenance of an ideal body weight and physique
- A reduced risk of injury and illness
- Confidence in being well prepared for competition
- Consistency in achieving high-level performances
- Enjoyment of food and social eating occasions
- Despite these advantages, many athletes do not meet their nutrition goals. Common problems and challenges include:
- Poor knowledge of foods and drinks and inadequate cooking skills
- Poor choices when shopping or dining out
- Busy lifestyle leading to inadequate time to obtain or consume appropriate foods
- Indiscriminate use of supplements and sport foods.
- Whenever highly talented, motivated and well-trained athletes meet in competition, the margin between victory and defeat is small.
- Attention to detail can make a vital difference.
- Diet affects performance, and our eating and drinking patterns will influence how well we train and whether we compete at our best.
- Getting the right amount of energy to stay healthy and to perform well is key.
- Consuming too much energy increases body fat: too little, and performance falls, injuries are more likely to occur, and illness results.
- Aerobic and anaerobic activities call on different energy systems in your body.
- Therefore, athletes need proper food and specific timing to eat.
- The longer you exercise and the higher your heart rate, the more aerobic capacity and endurance you build.
- This type of training recruits your slow-twitch muscle fibers, creates lactic acid in your muscle and burns more calories from fat than glycogen, compared to short, intense exercise.
- Jogging and running are classic examples of aerobic activity.
- Anaerobic activity takes place in short bursts, calls on your fast-twitch muscle fibers and burns more glycogen than fat.
- During recovery periods, some lactic acid leaves your muscles.
- Tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, ice hockey, volleyball, football and other start-and-stop sports are anaerobic because of the high heart rates, short durations and longer recovery periods you experience when you play them.