Being strength and conditioning coach is a tough profession to describe to people. A lot of people like to think of us as personal trainers, which in my opinion could not be further from the truth. What we do is so much more than that. We specialize in many different fields, and attempt to combine them into one. Strength and conditioning consists of the training aspect, of course. Anything from strength training to speed training to helping people gain or lose weight. We also learn a great deal about nutrition, and supplementation, which could include parts of chemistry, biology, and a few other sciences. Another common thing to study as a strength coach is physical therapy. We learn a lot about how to properly rehab someone who is injured, and some strength coaches are even learning how to provide good manual therapy like massage, and graston techniques. This is a lot of stuff to learn, but if you want to be the best coach out there, you have know more than the other guys. You want your athletes doing every thing the right way. One of the biggest, and most overlooked aspect of training is proper nutrition.
So every once in a while we are going to be doing a blog or article on nutrition and supplementation. This once in particular is about super foods. The term super food is a growing one, and basically it refers to foods that are absolutely amazing for you. Today’s culture seems to love pre-packaged and processed foods but if you keep checking out our site here and there I will continue to introduce you all to some foods that will make a difference in your life. Will they make you jacked and amazing at hockey? Not directly, but they will decrease body pain whether it be muscular or at a particular joint. They will help you lose weight and stay lean, they will help you recover faster from exercise, and believe it or not they might make you smarter as well.
So, what are the first 2 super foods we will introduce?
I know what you’re thinking, that broccoli sucks. Don’t be so cynical, though. This stuff is great for you, and will help you recover quicker from all types of exercise. Just look at a few of the benefits
- In any given serving or Broccoli you can get up to 2g of protein, 2g of fiber, 288mg of potassium (the stuff that helps prevent cramping), 43mg of calcium, 81mg of vitamin C, along with folate, magnesium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and it contains an extremely powerful anticancer photochemical called isothiocyanates.
- So, how will this help me recover? It has some protein, and plenty of phytochemicals that help aid recovery. Recovery can definitely be accelerated by a few choice supplements, but add some broccoli to your diet each day and you’ll get a ton of great nutrients and phytochemicals that will help your body stay healthy and pain free.
This fruit is simply awesome for you.
- It has a low impact on your blood sugar (which, for you older guys means less chance of developing diabetes) while also providing your body with a large amount of digestive enzymes that will help you better digest your food and your protein.
- Pineapple also contrains a lot of Bromelain, an enzyme that will help with inflammation as well as most NSAIDS and has anticancer properties as well.
If your one of those guys who doesn’t like healthy food or vegetables, man up and down some. They will make a difference. Also, buy organic if you can afford it. Now, throw these two foods in your diet 3-4 days a week and after training and you will see some progress for sure.
As always, email Dustin with any questions at Inlinehockeyperformance@gmail.com, or check out their website for more information.
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://rollerplayer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/roux.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Dustin Roux is a staff member at Inline Hockey Performance and currently a undergrad student at Penn State, majoring Kinesiology/Movement Science and minoring in Biology. Dustin Roux also has plenty of experience in the sport with a long resume of achievements that include two time Men’s Team USA Member, two time Men’s World Championship Gold Medal, World Games Gold Medal 2009 Kaoshiung Taiwan, Penn State University Ice Hockey, and 2008-2009 AIHL Champions: Pittsburgh Bandits. [/author_info] [/author]