A: The first thing from a nutrition perspective is to look at are the overall energy needs for the individual being met; being active in any sport from dance, to running, or basketball requires a large amount of energy (aka calories) above and beyond daily basic energy needs. This is referred to as energy availability or energy intake (food and drinks), minus energy expenditure from sport, equals the energy availability of the body to function.
What is interesting is that energy availability could be an issue with or without weight loss. Other signs to look for include fatigue, reoccurring illness and injury, inability to gain muscle mass, stress fractures, irritability, etc.
Check out these Fuel2Win handouts to help evaluate and take steps to increasing energy availability:
Fuel2Win Overview - click here
Eating Routine - click here
On the Go Snacks - click here
Also work with a sports dietitian to help review your intake, partner with your health care provider, and establish a plan and goals to help get you back to feeling and performing at your peak. Find a sports dietitian click here or contact Fuel2Win founder, Molly Morgan.