Q & A with Chris Downey

This Q & A features in the insight of Chris Downey, the Director of Sports Medicine at Binghamton University. 

Chris Downey, MS, ATC Director of Sports Medicine at Binghamton University     Downey began his tenure at Binghamton on August 3, 2015 and oversees BU’s entire athletic training program, which includes eight full-time staff members and more than a dozen student-trainers.

Chris Downey, MS, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine at Binghamton University  

Downey began his tenure at Binghamton on August 3, 2015 and oversees BU’s entire athletic training program, which includes eight full-time staff members and more than a dozen student-trainers.

Q: In your work with college athletes, what is one nutrition mistake you see commonly made? And one nutrition strength you see commonly among athletes?

Mistakes: Unfortunately, I see many nutrition mistakes with college student-athletes (poor hydration, not enough calories consumed, improper protein intake, etc.).

In my opinion, there is two reasons for this: 1. Student-athletes truly are not familiar with what they should be consuming on a daily basis and before/after physical activity. 2. They have very demanding schedules that makes it difficult for them to schedule proper fueling. This is why many institutions have developed nutrition training tables and refueling stations.

Strengths - I think student-athletes are eager/receptive to learn about how proper nutrition habits can benefit them and once they are instructed properly they will make appropriate changes.

Q: Have you observed that well-fueled athletes meet their training goals or recover quicker? 

Absolutely. It is obvious to me when student-athletes are well-fueled versus not. Their training goals, recovery, and rehabilitation is always improved when fueled properly. 

What are the top areas related to nutrition that you think athletes need to focus on? 
In a general sense, I would like student-athletes to focus on hydration and caloric intake (not empty calories). 

What is a nutrition tip you can share with coaches or trainers should routinely reminder or talk to their players about?
My biggest tip is to create resources for your student-athletes; such as, a registered dietitian or nutritionist they can meet with, water bottles for them to hydrate with, and refueling stations. It is a lot more likely for your student-athletes to make proper nutrition choices if they have resources available for them to utilize.  

Q & A with Tomas Kudelka

Q: What is the biggest challenge around food & nutrition for you as an athlete?

Tomáš Kudělka (Born March 10, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman

Tomáš Kudělka (Born March 10, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenceman

A: For me biggest challenge around food and nutrition is eating on the road. When season starts you travel a lot, eat in different hotels, different food or even sometimes you have to eat in the bus/plane. And also after every game you feel differently. But you have to be smart and find the right solution for your body to be in the best shape possible.

Q: What is one (or more) of your favorite go-to snacks to keep your energy levels up? 

A: I really like Greek yogurt with banana and raisins. Or just a cup of chia seeds.

Q: Did you find it difficult adjusting to American food/restaurants when living in the United States? 

A: Yes, on the start i found it really difficult. So many fast foods and junk food around. I guess its easier for American people eat like this. I found that Americans love fast food. You have to find right places, where to eat. But also its going to cost you way more money.

Q: If you could give a nutrition tip to another athlete what would it be?

A: Always stay well hydrated. Everybody eats fruits, but don't forget to eat a lot of vegetables as well.

Q: Do you have a favorite dinner that you like to make?

A: My favorite dinner to make is a salmon. You need... salmon, olive oil, 1/2 lemon, fresh dill and "Kudy's" secret spices.