Promoting healthier eating options in Missouri parks and schools
Amateur athletes are more competitive than ever. Exceptional athletes need grit, commitment and perhaps a bit of good genetic luck.
Add sports nutrition to that list. We have developed Performance Nutrition: The Competitive Edge to help athletes, parents and coaches learn the basics of fueling up for competition. Our six-module program shows how to use proper nutrition before, during and after competition to help athletes perform their best and avoid injury.
Contact your local instructor to find your competitive edge.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, June 1, 2018
Everywhere we look we see new, great protein-boosted drinks and foods. But how much protein is really needed, and do Americans get enough or too much? Protein is one of the macronutrients required on the Nutrition Facts label of foods because it ...
- Published: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Young athletes, eager to be a starting player or earn a scholarship, may be tempted to follow the lead of pros and use performance enhancers to gain a competitive edge. Dale Brigham, University of Missouri nutrition and fitness specialist, said high ...
- Published: Monday, March 1, 2010
Despite their popularity, energy drinks are not the best option nutritionally, said Tammy Roberts, former University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health education specialist. “Unfortunately, the energy in these drinks comes from sugar and ...
- Published: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Eating for performance is often overlooked by athletes. Foods contain nutrients that are important for various body functions. For example, fat stores vitamins, carbohydrates are energy for muscles and protein helps the body repair itself after ...
Publication date: Nov. 2, 2015
In recent years, there have been several well-documented cases of highly conditioned athletes dying unexpectedly while exercising in the heat. Understanding what causes the body to overheat can help you prevent a heat-related illness.What causes the ...
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Meet the experts
- Susan Mills-Gray EXTENSION STATE SPECIALIST, EXTENSION PROFESSOR, HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES View Profile
- Amy Bartels FIELD SPECIALIST IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT View Profile
- Kristin Miller ASSISTANT EXTENSION PROFESSOR View Profile
- Melissa Cotton COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN NUTRITION AND HEALTH EDUCATION View Profile
- Sarah Wood COUNTY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST IN NUTRITION AND HEALTH EDUCATION View Profile