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The bodies of young athletes who are involved in strenuous sports have different nutritional demands than their less active counterparts. They may need to consume more food to keep up with increased energy demands. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle food to enhance performance. It all boils down to an overall healthy diet and timing of meals.

Of course good nutrition is essential to ensuring young athletes have the energy to perform their best. But it goes beyond that — they need nutrients also to keep up with growth and development, stay hydrated and recover after competition. It’s important to choose foods with protein, carbohydrates and other nutrients, as well as eat these foods at the right times.

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