Every year, I look forward to my contributions at Detroit Red Wings prospect camp. Much of the structure of the week-long event is focused on teaching. Teaching the players how to train, how to recover and how to carry themselves like professionals in every aspect of their life.
As the team dietitian, I spend my time discussing a wide variety of topics like pre-game and post-game meals, electrolyte and fluid repletion, optimal blood values for performance and safe supplementation, if needed. I concentrate on teaching the prospects how to actually build the ideal plate to fuel their bodies for optimal performance. I quickly learned that these guys do not think in terms of glycogen stores or ATP (energy) production. They think in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner.