A practical view on nutrition for gymnasts - wrap up

28th March 2021, 20:41p.m. | National

Gymnastics Ireland closed out March with the "Nutrition for Gymnasts" webinar hosted by consultant dietitian, Paula Mee. This online event succeeded at engaging parents as well as coaches with an interest in Nutrition.

With a scientific basis and a practical approach, Paula Mee gave a nutritional guide, including meals and planning for parents, designed to encourage better quality, variety and diversity of food, gut and overall health, emphasizing the importance of an adequate sports diet for optimal performance.

The webinar also covered what to eat and when to eat and tackled some of the challenges gymnasts face like limited time to eat and nerves at competition.

Gymnastics Ireland Participation Manager, Aimi Baker, said:

“Paula delivered a fantastic webinar today on Nutrition and the Gymnasts' Needs. There was so much great practical information for coaches and parents and of course the gymnasts. It is such an important part of every gymnasts training to ensure they have a healthful diet that supports their training and competition at every level. I am sure everyone will have taken away something different from the presentation and hopefully can make some positive changes to help the gymnasts reach their gymnastic goals and potential!”

Paula is a CORU registered dietitian and a member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute. She set up her consultancy Fruition in 2006 and since then has worked with an extensive range of clients from the food and pharmaceutical industry to education, catering & retail sectors. She also lectures on the Masters in Applied Culinary Nutrition in T.U.D. She is an author of three books Your Middle Years, in 2016, Gut Feeling, on the management of IBS in 2017, Mediterranean Mood Food was published in 2019. She works with individuals on a 1-2-1 giving advice on many issues, including digestive issues, metabolic, sports and cardiovascular health. She has a diploma in Sports Nutrition from the British Dietetic Association.

The focus is drawn to our next webinar on applied sports psychology "Mindfulness and Managing Anxiety – how to stay in the moment" where we will have for the second time as guest speaker, performance and coaching scientist, Katie Richards. This event will take place at the end of April. Stay tuned for more details in the coming week.

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