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Volleyball Nutrition Guide from the US Olympic Committee

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Volleyball Nutrition Guide from the US Olympic Committee

Posted on 18 April 2014 by Chuck Rey

USOC nutrition 300x163 Volleyball Nutrition Guide from the US Olympic Committee volleyballI’ve searched far and wide for good nutrition information for athletes. During my coaching days of club volleyball, I compiled information and created a volleyball nutrition guide (as reader friendly as possible for 16 year olds). To my surprise when I reached the collegiate ranks, coaches are often left to fend for themselves for good nutrition information for their teams. I used much of the information I gathered from the club days (as fundamental nutrition somewhat stays the same), modified it, and have learned learned pictures speak a thousand words. So my nutrition guides have more pictures and less words now icon smile Volleyball Nutrition Guide from the US Olympic Committee volleyball

Recently, I came across the USOC Nutrition page Resources and Fact Sheets that is a series of PDFs on specific nutrition information. It contains a good balance of pictures, charts, and words! I downloaded all the PDFs and combine them into one document. I have made it available for you here: USOC Nutrition Guide

There is also a great series of youtube videos with host Summer Sanders that includes the Senior USOC Sports Dietitian, Nanna Meyer among others:

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Amelia’s Chicago

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Amelia’s Chicago

Posted on 14 June 2013 by Chuck Rey

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Another reason I love Chicago. Local, organic restaurants abound. I’m so proud to call Chicago my hometown (except for the dreaded winters).

We had a recruit in Oxford today and it got me on the road to Chicago a little later than anticipated. I decided to stay out near the airport to save the budget (I didn’t stay with family as they retired to the south and we can only bother friends to stay with them so many times) and looked up new local and organic restaurants in the area. I found on Yelp a place about 20 minutes away. I typically wouldn’t rave about a restaurant, especially on my volleyball blog, but it’s Chicago and this place to eat was perfect. Continue Reading

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Volleyball Shakes and Smoothies

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Volleyball Shakes and Smoothies

Posted on 04 June 2013 by Chuck Rey

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I love this picture of Olympic Silver Medalist, April Ross, getting interviewed at a coffee shop BECAUSE April Ross chooses a healthy smoothie over a sugar laden coffee…and YOU SHOULD TOO!

Workouts are only 1/3rd of a healthy lifestyle. The other 2/3rds are proper nutrition and a solid night’s sleep. Workouts breakdown muscle. Nutrition feeds the muscle. Sleep repairs the muscle. It’s a vicious cycle icon wink Volleyball Shakes and Smoothies volleyball

Replenishing your body with proper nutrients within 30 minutes of your workout is essential. Regular or Chocolate Milk is a great post workout fuel, but I understand you may want to enjoy something more refreshing in the warm summer months. Try a smoothie! Smoothies are another great post workout source. Following are 47 different types of smoothies. Find one that will entertain your pallet, grab a blender, mix in the ingredients, and enjoy! Continue Reading

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Each Woman Weighs 150 Lbs

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Each Woman Weighs 150 Lbs

Posted on 28 February 2013 by Chuck Rey

I have always believed and tried to instill in all my players (men and women) that weight is just a number. Body fat is a muchbetter indicator of overall fitness. Muscle weigh more than fat. Those in shape look better and weigh more.

All women weight 150 Each Woman Weighs 150 Lbs volleyball Continue Reading

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April Ross Weekly Food Calendar

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April Ross Weekly Food Calendar

Posted on 04 February 2013 by Chuck Rey

Caught April Ross’ weekly food calendar on her Twitter post that was a link to her Instagram post. Can’t have enough social media platforms to keep up with. Click on the image to make it larger.

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Healthy Body Image by USA Olympic Website

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Healthy Body Image by USA Olympic Website

Posted on 19 June 2012 by Chuck Rey

Female Body Image Olympic 300x202 Healthy Body Image by USA Olympic Website volleyballInformation provided by the USA Olympic website: http://www.olympic.org/hbi Official Website of the Olympic Movement

When girls and women practice sport, they can profit from many health benefits. While these positive attributes far outweigh the risks involved in sports participation, there is scientific evidence that, under certain circumstances, the healthy body image of some female athletes can suffer through sport. In particular, the female athlete triad can have a significant impact on the lives of the girls and women concerned. Continue Reading

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Is Sugar Good or Bad?

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Is Sugar Good or Bad?

Posted on 20 April 2012 by Chuck Rey

This pic came through my feed and became my little picture of the day.

Rethink your drink Is Sugar Good or Bad? volleyball

My father was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes in his mid-forties. It is my belief that he came across the disease because of poor diet and lack of exercise. It’s what got me into my nutrition and exercise kick. Continue Reading

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10 Tips to Prevent Colds During the Volleyball Season

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10 Tips to Prevent Colds During the Volleyball Season

Posted on 03 October 2011 by Chuck Rey

ice volleyball 300x200 10 Tips to Prevent Colds During the Volleyball Season volleyballThe weather is starting to change and the cold season will fall upon our teams.  I sent out the following to my team after some research online and modified it to fit our athletes.

Follow these 10 tips NOW to feel and perform at your best.

#1 Wash Your Hands

It seems pretty obvious, especially immediately after practice and use of the weight room. The common cold is mostly spread by direct contact. So, someone sneezes onto their hand, and then touches something, which is then picked up by the next person, who touches that object. Washing your hands and using hand sanitizer often can significantly reduce your chance of picking up nasty germs. Continue Reading

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Body Image of Female Volleyball Players

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Body Image of Female Volleyball Players

Posted on 28 January 2011 by Chuck Rey

“I just want to open a dialogue…where we can define our own beauty and approve of ourselves. We have to approve of ourselves before anyone else will.” –Iman Continue Reading

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Fuel for Your Volleyball Workout

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Fuel for Your Volleyball Workout

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Chuck Rey

volleyball workout fuel Fuel for Your Volleyball Workout volleyballHow to Fuel for Your Workout

By Nancy Clark, MS RD CSSD

Athletes of all sports and abilities commonly ask what they should eat before, during and after a competitive event:

When should I eat the pre-game meal: 2, 3 or 4 hours beforehand?

How many gels should I take during a tournament? Continue Reading

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Ace Your Game Day Nutrition Routine

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Ace Your Game Day Nutrition Routine

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Chuck Rey

fruit smily face Ace Your Game Day Nutrition Routine volleyballHow should I eat on game day?

Game day is when it counts. You must be ready physically, mentally, and nutritionally for top performance. It is important to prepare by eating properly daily, but your game day eating can make or break your performance.

The goals of your pre-competition meal:

Provide adequate energy (carbohydrates are especially important)
Help avoid fatigue
Allow the stomach to feel relatively light at the start of the game, but avoid hunger pains
Minimize gastrointestinal distress

The timing of your pre-game meal should be based on the time of your game. If your game is in the: Continue Reading

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Smoke a French Fry

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Smoke a French Fry

Posted on 11 February 2010 by Chuck Rey

Do you let your kids smoke?  Then why do you let them eat french fries?

smoking french fries Smoke a French Fry volleyballMaybe I’m somewhat of a food nazi, but I believe proper nutrition is essential to the development of volleyball players.  Equally as important is eating right during long tournament weekends.  Unfortunately, food choices at convention centers are usually terrible and even “healthy” fast foods (subs, burritos, etc.) are often laced with unhealthy Continue Reading

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USA Volleyball Nutrition

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USA Volleyball Nutrition

Posted on 17 September 2009 by Chuck Rey

Aaron Brock MS, ATC, PES
Director of Sports Medicine and Performance to the U.S. National Teams
USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team
E-Mail: aaron.brock@usav.org

USA volleyball nutrition 300x199 USA Volleyball Nutrition volleyballIf you haven’t given nutrition much thought, you may want to start… now!

Research clearly demonstrates the beneficial effects of optimal nutrition on athletic performance. While many factors need to be considered when discussing an athlete’s performance – nutrition is among the most important variables.

As the Head Athletic Trainer (ATC) for the Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team, I oversee the nutrition of elite athletes on a daily basis, and now I am passing along my knowledge onto you: Continue Reading

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Volleyball Nutrition — Serving the Ideal Diet for Training, Competition, and Recovery

Volleyball Nutrition — Serving the Ideal Diet for Training, Competition, and Recovery

Posted on 27 August 2009 by Chuck Rey

If you are new to my website, my purpose is to provide the collection of volleyball information that I have collected over the years to coaches and players.  Here is a great article about volleyball nutrition.  I hope it helps you and your team.volleyball nutrition 300x182 Volleyball Nutrition    Serving the Ideal Diet for Training, Competition, and Recovery volleyball

By Lisa Dorfman, MS, RD, LMHC; Sports Nutritionist; University of Miami Athletic Department; Adjunct Professor–Department of Exercise Science

Volleyball 101
Volleyball is an explosive, quick power driven sport. What propels the ball over the net is energy, primarily anaerobic muscle energy, for serving, spiking, blocking, digging, and rolling. Long rallies and training Continue Reading

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Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas

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Healthy Lunch and Snack Ideas

Posted on 19 August 2009 by Chuck Rey

I often get into a rut of healthy foods to eat.   The following was emailed to me by Earth Fare Market.  Hope this spurs some ideas for you too.

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Volleyball Nutrition

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Volleyball Nutrition

Posted on 20 March 2009 by Chuck Rey

chuck norris total gym Volleyball Nutrition volleyballIf Chuck Norris can have the Total Gym, an AVP star should at least get an ab machine!?!? Maybe I am biased, but beach volleyball players are the best conditioned athletes in the world. Try walking around in sand all day and tell me how you feel, nevermind running and jumping in it. I’m surprised an AVP star hasn’t hooked up with a workout video company or new ab machine.

My father was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes (Type II) when he was in his 40s. I believe his father also had Type II Diabetes, but during his generation it wasn’t understood or diagnosed as often. Because of my father’s diagnoses, it forced me to think about my eating habits, which is why I try to live a healthy lifestyle. I hope through my example, I influence the players I coach. Continue Reading

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Coach Chuck Rey is Assistant Coach at Miami University


Prior to this position, he was Assistant Coach at Winthrop University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Southern University.

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