Refueling: Sleep & Hydration For Youth Athletes
April 23, 2019
Scrolling through Instagram, it’s easy to find athletes referring to what they eat and drink as “fuel.” The intake, be it food, water, supplements, or even the amount of sleep, has become so popularized it’s easy to think of the human body today as an engine. Fueling that engine properly is one way to ensure consistent performance. And while it’s easy to poke fun at the #SwollPatrol looking only for larger muscles, there is peer-reviewed science behind the refinement of what you’re providing your body as an athlete.
To understand the major role that sleep and hydration play in a youth athlete’s development, we reached out to a leading mind in the sports nutrition community. Dr. Bethany Tennant is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and Certified Nutrition Specialist with immense knowledge in natural sports medicine. As a Certified Massage Therapist, she works in matters of prevention, performance, recovery, pain management, and injury rehabilitation for athletes of all levels across multiple leagues and organizations.
After graduating with honors from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Tennant was a research fellow focusing on Parkinson’s disease and nutrition. She continues her work in the Parkinson community as a panel member for the Brian Grant Foundation. She also served as the Community Health Educator in the Peace Corps, working in the areas of nutrition, water sanitation and HIV/AIDS with the Suriname clinic & youth group, where she also taught English and played soccer.
A scientist recently published a study that found athletes play better after a good night's sleep.@UtahJazz players say that's easier said than done.https://t.co/6diOhT8l66
— The Salt Lake Tribune (@sltrib) April 23, 2019
Today she frequently is a guest lecturer, speaking to the importance of sports nutrition training at various high schools and universities while also providing workshops and consultation services on wellness and nutrition.
Dr. Tennant is passionate about health, wellness, and fitness and was kind enough to join us for this episode of the Sideline Data podcast series.