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Nutrition & Mental Wellness of your Athlete

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  1. 1. Nutrition & Mental Wellness of your Athlete Kusal Goonewardena APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
  2. 2. 1847 Physician named Semmelweiss found death through septicemia during child-birth decreased from 18% to 2% WHY??
  3. 3. 1847 Physician named Semmelweiss found death through septicemia during child-birth decreased from 18% to 2% By Washing Hands!
  4. 4. Old World Thinking No connection between eating well and mental wellness
  5. 5. Optimizing nutrition improves mental wellness
  6. 6. An Example ADHD Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children, that then lasts into adulthood.
  7. 7. An Example ADHD eight to ten percent of all pro athletes have the condition, As compared to four to five percent of the general population of adults.
  8. 8. ADHD Stats Over the last 5 years ADHD has increased by 3 times in children
  9. 9. The Health Care System Step 1 Normally kids are prescribed Meds first
  10. 10. The Health Care System Step 2 Psychology Support
  11. 11. The Health Care System Is it Broken? If not why are numbers increasing? Eg. ADHD numbers
  12. 12. The Health Care System Research shows SHORT TERM Meds are GREAT! But it is the worst thing you can do to these sufferers in the long term.
  13. 13. Latest Research Latest studies by Julia Rucklidge (Psychologist in NZ) Micronutrients (Vitamins + Minerals) were given to ADHD sufferers
  14. 14. Latest Research Within 8 weeks their signs and symptoms of ADHD normalised. Hyperactivity, Impulsivity, ADHD symptoms were less impairing and less interfering.
  15. 15. Good News More and more studies have shown this now.
  16. 16. New Common Theme “A well nourished body + brain is better able to withstand stress + illness”
  17. 17. Some benefits of Micronutrients on ADHD Better sleep
  18. 18. Some benefits of Micronutrients on ADHD Better sleep Decrease anxiety
  19. 19. Some benefits of Micronutrients on ADHD Better sleep Decrease anxiety Mood stability
  20. 20. Some benefits of Micronutrients on ADHD Better sleep Decrease anxiety Mood stability Decrease demand on meds
  21. 21. Some benefits of Micronutrients on ADHD Better sleep Decrease anxiety Mood stability Decrease demand on meds Decrease healthcare costs
  22. 22. All studies on Western Diets No benefits to mental wellness
  23. 23. So should athletes just eat better?
  24. 24. There may be an Answer? Mediterranean Diet YES Vs Western Diet NO!
  25. 25. What is the Western Diet? Heavily processed High in refined grains Sugary Drinks Take Away Food and Drink Low in Fresh Produce
  26. 26. What is a Healthier Diet? Everything Fresh High Fruits/Veg Fish, Nuts, Healthy Fats Less Processed Foods
  27. 27. Simply: Eat like our Grandparents
  28. 28. Athlete Assessments If mood, sleep, anxiety issues are detected what should we do? REFER ON
  29. 29. Athlete Assessments Could supplements, nutrients help? Yes, Possibly
  30. 30. Athlete Assessments Is it worth a try? Yes
  31. 31. Athlete Assessments How quickly may they see results? Research says within months
  32. 32. Final Thought How important would this be to your athlete?

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