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Teen athletes have special nutritional needs that differ from the average teen Teen athletes must eat enough to grow and develop in a healthy way like any growing person They must also eat to sustain and support their rigorous training and play in their chosen sport The major difference between teen athletes and average teens is their extra need for energy and calories Non-athletes need up to three thousand calories a day while athletes may need up to six thousand calories a day to support their sport Activity in an average teenagers day may be quite limited An average teen may only have to walk to class several times a day In California students need only take two years of physical education in a four year high school In contrast an athlete may run two miles daily in physical education which is usually a class especially for a specific sport Before or after training is even more rigorous The athlete may run up to ten miles in sports like track or cross-county To provide the best source of nutrients for the six thousand calories an athlete may need food is recommended over the use of nutritional supplements which can be dangerous to the body For an athlete in training the recommended source of fuel for muscles is carbohydrates Carbohydrates are stored in muscles as glycogen which can be converted to energy quickly and easily In endurance sports like long distance running or soccer some amino acids are essential for fuel When the muscles glycogen is depleted a feeling of hitting the wall happens and overwhelming fatigue sets in To help athletes store more glycogen in their muscles a balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates is required Starchy vegetables and whole grain or enriched bread cereal rice and pasta are good choices for carbohydrates In males five percent body fat is considered the minimum for healthy growth while for females twelve percent of
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