Dr Sarah Chantler on Teaching Food Skills to Young Athletes

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Dr Sarah Chantler is a registered dietician and performance nutritionist. Originally from South Africa, Sarah is now based at Leeds Beckett University in the UK where she is a senior lecturer and applied practitioner. Sarah’s fascinating work highlights why we should prioritise teaching food skills over food knowledge to the adolescent athlete. We dig into this idea during the episode and Sarah gives some great examples to use with your athletes.

We also discuss the role of the coach in nutrition, how age should impact what we focus on and the value of snacking as a starting point for younger kids, how the sporting system can influence poor nutrition, appetite and the challenges that come with higher training loads, the power of role modelling in nutrition, social media, and why we should all be having more conversations about food.


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