Hi Gary, I am so glad that you provide valuable info for parents to support young swimmers.
I was recommended to give protein powder every day to my son, 12 years old swimmer. I am not sure if it’s right for kids to do so. Young swimmer should have a good food balance rather than supplements to grow muscle.
Thank you very much. Susan
Hi Susan, This question was asked on Saturday to get a response from one of the top sports nutritionists from the Australian Institute of Sport.
Her response is similar to mine, that young children should focus on eating a balanced diet including food items that provide the body with protein. Protein is well known for its role in muscle development and recovery. This role in development is especially important for the adolescent athlete who is still growing and maturing. Protein is found in meats, meat alternatives and dairy products. Good sources of protein include beef, lamb, goat, pork, duck, turkey, fish, tofu, egg, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans, lentils), soy products, milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice cream.
Protein shakes or powders should not be necessary for young children. The same was said for supplements as a balanced diet should provide all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs.
If anyone else has suggestions, please leave a note on your thoughts below.
The Swimming Expert