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Sports Nutrition

Mission
To provide researched-based nutrition education and support to LU’s varsity student-athletes in order that they may be empowered to optimally fuel their bodies to meet the demands of collegiate athletics.

Philosophy
Liberty Sports Nutrition advocates a “food first” approach and teaches student athletes the best ways to consume whole, healthy foods in proper proportions, combinations, and frequencies on a daily basis.  Special attention will be given to daily nutrition and hydration, pre- and post- game fueling, and proper menu planning for home and away events.

Liberty Sports Nutrition promotes a healthy relationship with food. There are no “good” and “bad” foods; however there are some food choices that may be better to choose more often than others. Making smart choices 90% of the time and allowing the occasional indulgence 10% of the time is a good approach to normal healthy eating. This philosophy promotes optimal nutrition while making eating enjoyable and less stressful.

Fueling the Flames

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– Fuel Frequently with Food
• Every 3 hours have a balanced meal or snack containing whole foods and always start the day with breakfast

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– Load up on fruits and veggies

• They provide vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals to promote health, fight disease, reduce inflammation, and enhance performance.

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– Always Hydrate
• Water is necessary for important biological functions in the body, helps prevent injury, and improves performance.

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– Make sure to Rest and Recover
• Recover after practice/workout with whole foods or with a recovery shake – this helps get the important nutrients your body needs after a hard work back into your body to repair muscles. Adequate sleep is critical for overall health and performing at your best both physically and mentally.

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– Enjoy Eating

• Eating shouldn’t be stressful!

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– Shop Smart
• The first step in eating healthy foods is having them in your fridge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Services (see below for procedures)
• Team nutrition education presentations/talks
• Grocery store tours
• Dining hall tours
• Restaurant/meal choice guidance for team meals
• Body composition testing via InBody 770
• Individual nutrition consults
• Ordering and distribution of NCAA compliant nutrition products
• Nutritional supplement review

Liberty Athletics Sports Nutrition Staff

 

Isaac Hicks, RDN, CSSD, LDN
Director of Sports Nutrition
ihicks1@liberty.edu

Resources for Student-Athletes
Assess Your Fueling Habits
Flames Grocery Guide
In Body Testing Preparation
Quick and Easy Recipes
 

Resources for Interns
Job description
Application