Some Things Discussed:
Topic: Fueling the Young Athlete – How to Solve the Complex Puzzle Guest: Tavis Piattoly
- Why is nutrition considered the missing link to the performance puzzle and how does it apply to everything else an athlete has to do to compete?
- What are some of the biggest challenges you see when it comes to the eating habits of a young athlete?
- What are some common nutrition habits young athletes are not engaged in that can help make an immediate impact on their energy levels and performance. a. Is Breakfast really important for an athlete?
- How important is it for an athlete to have a plan with their nutrition?
- A lot of young athletes are trying to figure out a way to gain weight but are struggling to do so. What are some of the reasons why?
- What are some nutrition habits that can practice to help them overcome this struggle?
- Are there any misconceptions about nutrition you see with young athletes?
- What is dietary supplement culture like in high school sports?
- Are there certain types of supplements you see young athletes using or asking about?
- What’s your position on things like energy drinks and pre-workout supplements?
- What about Creatine as I hear good and bad things about it?
- Do you have concerns about the supplement industry as a whole?
- What can athletes do to ensure they are using safe supplements?
- Tell us more about your programs at the Taylor Hooton Foundation and how they educate athletes, coaches, and parents on these topics.
Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LDN is the co-founder and Director of Sports Nutrition education for My Sports Dietitian (www.mysportsdconnect.com ), an online sports nutrition education company that helps athletes of all levels improve their eating habits to enhance performance, recovery, and health through the guidance of a Licensed Sports Dietitian. He is also the Education Program Manager for the Taylor Hooton Foundation where he has the opportunity to speak to High School, Colleges, and at Major League Ballparks on the dangers of Performance Enhancing Drugs and Dietary Supplements as well as how to incorporate good nutrition to fuel health and performance. Sports Nutrition Work He serves as the Sports Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant for the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine’s NFLPA Brain and Body program, Fairchild Sports Performance (Houston), Custom Wellness Solutions (Baltimore), North Oaks Sports Medicine, Pelican Athletic Club, Louisiana Athletic Care, and Covington Orthopedic. He was the Sports Dietitian for the New Orleans Saints (2006-2013), New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2008-2013), and Tulane University Athletics (2002-2016). He also served as a Sports Nutrition Consultant for LSU Athletics from 2009-2011. He has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to design the nutrition programs for boxing champions Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. along with working with a long list of current Olympic, NFL, MLB, and NBA athletes to various college and high school programs. As a 15-year veteran Sports Dietitian he has worked with Dietary supplement companies on product formulation and education. He is a regular presenter and lecturer at local, state, and national conferences and Universities on the topics of Dietary Supplement Use in Young Athletes, Dietary Supplement Safety for High School, College and Professional Athletes, and Sports Nutrition Principles for Athletes. Piattoly graduated from Louisiana State University with a Master’s of Science in Kinesiology and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. He is a registered and licensed Dietitian. He is a member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionist (SCAN) groups. He also serves as the Sports Dietitian for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Board and is on Science Advisory Board for Examine.com and Nordic Naturals.