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Journal of Sports Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 734649, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/734649
Review Article

Nutritional Considerations for Performance in Young Athletes

Department of Kinesiology, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box 6186, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA

Received 31 May 2015; Accepted 2 August 2015

Academic Editor: Adrian W. Midgley

Copyright © 2015 JohnEric W. Smith et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Nutrition is an integral component to any athletes training and performance program. In adults the balance between energy intake and energy demands is crucial in training, recovery, and performance. In young athletes the demands for training and performance remain but should be a secondary focus behind the demands associated with maintaining the proper growth and maturation. Research interventions imposing significant physiological loads and diet manipulation are limited in youth due to the ethical considerations related to potential negative impacts on the growth and maturation processes associated with younger individuals. This necessary limitation results in practitioners providing nutritional guidance to young athletes to rely on exercise nutrition recommendations intended for adults. While many of the recommendations can appropriately be repurposed for the younger athlete attention needs to be taken towards the differences in metabolic needs and physiological differences.