“Fueling the Baseball Athlete: from daily life to triple-headers, learn how to take your game to that next level” will provide a complete, up-to-date, evidence-based discussion of nutrition principals for athletes involved in the sport of baseball. Information ranging from individual athlete needs, tournament nutrition and sample meal plans are covered in this engaging sixty-minute course. Our target audience includes baseball athletes of any age at any level (youth to NCAA), their parents, coaches, and anyone involved with the sport of baseball.
The unique needs of baseball athletes goes beyond common nutrition for the general population, and in the course you will learn about proper fueling for optimal performance on and off the field. From the time one wakes up to the time one goes to sleep, there are countless opportunities for athletes to make smart choices and give serious athletes the edge they need to keep their game at the highest level. Proper nutrition starts hours-- even days--before an athletic performance, and in this course you will learn about special situations such as eating on the road, tournaments, and recovery techniques. We have also provided recommendations to allow for those taking the course to walk away with ready-to-implement ideas.
An emphasis will be placed on the importance of being prepared and eating with a purpose for peak performance. Practical applications are provided in order to quickly apply the information discussed to real-life situations for performance enhancement. Information presented in the lectures of the course will continue to build off of prior lectures, starting with core principles (Everyday nutrition for baseball athletes) and continuing to more specific topics (Practice, game, and tournament nutrition; Eating on the road). Fueling the Baseball Athlete is taught using PowerPoint video with appropriate supplementary course materials (PDF Files, etc.), and the course should take approximately 50-60 minutes to complete. Anyone seeking sound, comprehensive, baseball-specific nutrition information from an expert in sports nutrition will benefit from this course.
Discussion on the unique needs of individual athletes, determining individual needs, and addressing challenges often faced in meeting those needs.
Explain the importance of eating throughout the day; why frequent eating is important for on and off the field performance; and the importance of individualizing your approach.
Discuss how eating breakfast benefits you in multiple ways throughout the day, and why starting your day with breakfast can only improve your performance as a baseball athlete.
Identify high-quality, nutrient-dense carbohydrate, protein, and fat sources, along with appropriate serving sizes for each.
With the understanding that morning time is precious--as getting those last few minutes of sleep is balanced with preparing for the day--this lecture provides ideas for quick, convenient, yet nutritious breakfast options to start the day off prepared, well-fueled, and ready to go.
Discuss game day best practices, based on the details and conditions surrounding game(s), with an emphasis on hydration.
Provide guidance on appropriate pre-game meal composition and timing in relation to game time, encouraging individualization and practicing plans ahead of time.
Understand the importance of timely recovery nutrition, including suggestions for carbohydrate, protein, and fluid intake as well as fueling for double and triple-headers.
Discussion on the priorities for tournament nutrition, including the importance of being prepared!
This lecture will help one prepare for a tournament weekend with a sample nutrition plan for a double-header that can be customized based on individual needs.
Similar to Saturday, a nutrition plan will be presented for Sunday's games to help guide the creation of an individualized nutrition plan. This nutrition plan will be discussed in the context of a triple-header.
This lecture will provide some great travel food ideas so you can be prepared for those games on the road, and won't have to rely on whatever is available.
For those times when the plan--whether by choice or necessity, is to go out to eat--this lecture will provide valuable general tips to allow you to make the best choices for you, for your health and performance.
While the previous lecture discussed some better options at restaurants, this lecture will specifically focus on examples at fast food establishments. A brief summary with concluding remarks will also be made.
25 questions to challenge what you learned from this course.
As a Registered/Licensed Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Jenna has worked with many athletes from grade-school age to professional. Before leaving California, she was the Team Sports Dietitian for UCLA Athletics; sports nutritionist for Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS) at the Home Depot Center; worked throughout Orange County with the Healthy for Life program interacting with preschool through high school children/young adults promoting physical activity, proper nutrition, and overall healthy lifestyles; and was a clinical dietitian at St. Jude Medical Center.
Recently, she has embraced an exciting personal life change by moving to Florida to be with her husband and start a family. She is currently working as a dietitian at St. Joseph’s Hospital, periodically consulting for EXOS, and providing individual consults and lectures on sports nutrition. She also specializes in food sensitivities as a Lifestyle Eating and Performance Therapist. When she’s not ‘working’, you can find her outside training, hiking, running, snowboarding, snowmobiling or playing a sport; or else inside cooking or reading up on the latest in the field, with a game on in the background.
Jenna received her undergraduate degree in Foods & Nutrition from Cal Poly Pomona and Master’s of Science in Human Movement at A.T. Still University, with an emphasis in sports conditioning. Understanding the power of the synergy between nutrition and physical training, Jenna works with athletes to meet their unique, sport-specific needs.