Whether you are currently a cheerleader, parent of a cheerleader, cheerleading coach, or even a former cheerleader, you are most likely familiar with the popular Cheer Debate: “Is Cheerleading a Sport?" Countless data, opinions, and rationales still have yet to produce a clear answer to this question. Nevertheless, cheerleading has proven to be one of the most dynamic, strenuous, physical, and technical activities in the country. Whether you consider cheerleading a sport or not, cheerleaders are true athletes who encompass a vast and unique skillset, one which involves intense individual and team training yearlong.
It is essential for cheerleaders to provide their bodies with the proper nutrients. In turn, they will be rewarded with higher energy for intense team practices; increased muscle mass for stronger, more stable stunts and powerful tumbling passes; reduced risk of injuries; and faster recovery so you can do it all again the next day! This course provides a wealth of information and practical fueling strategies for implementing the best nutrition from tryout season, camp, games, practice, and all the way throughout until the final competition. In addition, you will learn that a winning sports diet consists of several components:
When these components are incorporated in a consistent manner, cheerleaders are more likely to reach both their fitness and performance goals.
Cheerleaders who are looking for that extra edge to improve their strength, skill-set, and overall performance, this course is for you!
Ronnie Harper, Ed.D., ATC is a certified athletic trainer working at DutchtownHigh School. His passion is to help high school athletes, parents and coaches understand the role of nutrition in sport performance.
He obtained a Bachelors and Masters degree in Health and Physical Education from MississippiStateUniversity and his Educational Doctorate in Health and Human Performances Studies from the University of Alabama. He taught for 15 years at the collegiate level at MississippiStateUniversity, University of Alabama and SoutheasternLouisianaUniversity. He is finishing his 12th year as an educator and athletic trainer in the high school setting.As a parent, he has three active teenagers who provide him with the challenge of implementing positive eating habits and patterns on a daily basis.
Jamie Meeks, a New Orleans native, is a 2009 graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nutritional Science (Dietetics). As a former LSU Cheerleader, Jamie had the chance to cheer for some of LSU's greatest sport teams including the 2007 LSU Football National Championship team, the 2006 SEC Champions and Final Four Men's Basketball team, and 2007 Final Four Women's Basketball team.
After graduation, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to complete her Dietetic Internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After receiving her Registered Dietitian (RD) license/registration, Jamie returned to LSU and completed her Master's Degree in 2011 in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology.
She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and worked as the first full-time Sports Dietitian for LSU Athletics from 2011-2014. At LSU, Jamie not only fulfilled the team and individual nutrition/dietary needs of all 15 sports teams, but she also created the Undergraduate Sports Nutrition Internship, introduced and oversaw three Athletic Fueling Stations, assisted with the Athletic Training Table Meals, and worked as an integral member of the planning team for the Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center.
Jamie currently works as the Director of Sports Nutrition for the New Orleans Saints (NFL) and Pelicans (NBA). She works to help integrate healthy choices and optimal fueling into the daily training routines for all Saints and Pelicans athletes. She works closely with the teams' Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches, and Team Physicians in addition to providing individual counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy that focuses on individual performance fueling strategies, hydration, and proper supplementation. Jamie oversees the weight room nutrition recovery station and offers team nutrition education, home and travel meal/menu management, and body composition analysis.
Jamie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Louisiana Dietetic Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, and the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group.