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Nutrition for Baseball and Softball Players - Dawn Weatherwax
In today's episode, I speak to Dawn Weatherwax. Dawn is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian with a specialty in Sports Nutrition and Founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go. She is also a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, which is the premier professional sports nutrition credential in the United States. In addition, she is an Athletic Trainer with a Certification in Strength and Conditioning from The National Strength and Conditioning Association.
She brings a comprehensive and unique understanding of the athlete's body, and its nutritional needs, to those interested in achieving specific performance goals and optimal health.
Dawn is an active member in the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (SCAN), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Athletic Training Association (NATA), & Greater Cincinnati Athletic Training Association (GCATA).
Dawn shares nutritional tips that will help players improve their game. Whether you are a professional athlete or an age-level player, in order to maximize success you must have a solid nutrition plan in place.
She talks about the Nutrition piece like hydration and what it actually does from an athletic standpoint. She also offered a lot of great advice from her experience working with athletes from different levels because a lot of players don't realize that nutrition is an important part of playing any sport.
She shares the importance of a training plan and routine for baseball and softball.
Dawn is a wealth of information, and she's got tons of great tips and tricks to share with all players out there. We know that you'll walk away feeling like you've learned something new and valuable from this episode, so we can't wait for you to hear it!
[2:27] What would you say is the most common mistake that players make when it comes to nutrition?
[3:15] Is there a certain amount of calories that you recommend players try to intake during the season?
[13:03] Elite athletes, it's not necessarily what they do that makes them elite it's what they don't do.
[23:12] It should be mandatory that you are bringing something with you to eat or snack on during the game.
[24:30] Food is fuel.
[24:52] If you’re 1% dehydrated your ability to track objects decreases by 10%.
[25:28] This game is so mental if you can't focus and lock in and your eyesight's affected, what are we doing?
[30:35] What's a good breakfast for a baseball or softball player?
[36:15] One of the things that I'll tell players is because being able to hit the ball harder is such an important task in hitting.
[46:42] How should players go about actually getting tested?
[50:29] If someone does want to work with you or reach out to you what's the best way for them to get in contact with you?