Raising Kids to Compete and Win
You are spot on when you point out that the extra weight can affect speed and agility but even more importantly, extra weight can cause injuries. As little as ten extra pounds can cause increased mechanical stress on feet, ankles, knees and the back. So, you’re right to be concerned. At the same time, addressing your young teenage daughter’s weight is tricky. Teen girls are very sensitive and very self-conscious about their body image and you don’t want to create extra emotional stress. Bringing it to her attention can backfire with either over-eating or not eating at all.
If the cause of your daughter’s fluctuating weight is unhealthy food choices, the easiest way to deal with that is through example. Mom – that means you have to eat right also. I understand setting up a good healthy diet can be tough when your daughter is always on the go. Try to pre-plan snacks for practices and games. Instead of grabbing some fast food, have fruit and healthy snacks out when she comes home from school. Point out how energized or how strong she looks when she eats healthy. Help her choose wisely by providing wise choices. Hopefully she’ll own it and healthy food choices will stick with her way past her sports career.
Peak Performance Coach