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Sports Nutrition Newsletter #3

Nutrition and the Paralympics

Hi and welcome to this third Topend Sports nutrition update, and thanks for still being part of this journey. It has been great watching the Olympics in the last few weeks, and cheering on some athletes I have worked with in the past. Now it is the para-athletes time to shine.

Every elite athlete has unique challenges and ultimate goals that they want to achieve, and Paralympic athletes are no different. In fact, they often have so many more hurdles to jump over.

Many of the challenges that the athletes will face are nutritional, and just like with able-bodied Olympic athletes, there is quite a bit a dietitian or nutritionist needs to consider.
Above and beyond the typical sports nutrition considerations for athletes, with para-athletes, a dietitian needs to consider the nature of each individuals disability and look at what extra challenges they face.

Just some of these considerations are:

wheelchair athetes in actionwheelchair athetes can have unique nutritional challenges

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