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September 2018
Nutritional Support for Injury and Recovery
The main goals of nutrition during recovery from an injury is to preserve lean mass and strength, promote healing, maintain energy balance, reduce inflammation, and stay on track for projected ‘return to play’ date. Special requirements that need to be considered for injured athletes include altered energy needs, increased protein requirements, and nutritional support for pre-and post- surgery.
Q 1. How much does energy expenditure decrease when an athlete is injured?

A 1. That totally depends on a number of different things. The decrease in energy expenditure will vary widely based on how much activity the athlete is able to do as they work back from their injury. It’s also important to remember that your body needs a considerable amount of calories to heal, and factors like using crutches for instance can impact the amount of energy needed greatly. Working with a Sports Dietitian will be incredibly helpful so that the athlete can appropriately alter their intake to promote the quickest return to play possible.

Q 2. Should an athlete take a supplement while they’re injured?

A 2. A Sports Dietitian may recommend a supplement based on the type of injury, but those decisions should only be made by a Registered Dietitian or Physician. If the athlete is a picky eater or struggling to get a nice variety of balanced foods in, a USP certified multivitamin may be a good idea to ensure they are getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals in to promote healing

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University of Oregon Athletics - "Hydration is key to performance"
Nikki Jupe, Sports Dietitian, shares how hydration is involved in all phases of the Ducks' performance. “We use The Right Stuff (from NASA) for pre-hydration, during-, and post-hydration. The Right Stuff helps our athletes keep on water weight to practice longer and not feel as fatigued.”
The Right Stuff®: NASA-developed, sugar-free, electrolyte, liquid-concentrate, drink additive for those who train and compete hard. It is better for fighting dehydration symptoms (like cramps), protecting the body from overheating AND increasing endurance more than any other NASA tested formula. Used by endurance athletes and High Schools, Colleges, Pro Teams across the US as well as first responders and industrial workers. NSF Certified for Sport