Sports Health Sports Nutrition
The Gator Sports Nutrition Department is committed to supporting the student athlete by providing nutrition education and resources to succeed academically and athletically while abiding by NCAA and SEC rules and regulations. Also, to extend nutritional support to promote healing and recovery for all injured athletes.
The Sports Nutrition program provides a supporting pillar to allow for the athlete to reach numerous performance platforms throughout their time at UF. The sports nutrition staff works as a performance team with the strength and conditioning staff and the sports medicine staff to give the athlete an optimal supportive environment to maximize physical gains.
The sports nutrition staff educates gator student athletes with the following guidelines for a simplistic approach
The Gator Nutrition Checklist
❑ Fuel Up
- Lean protein (if it has less legs, its better) Fish first, then turkey/chicken, then beef and pork
- Healthy fats (the short list: olive oil, avocados, walnuts, almonds, pecans, flax seed oil, and fish oil)
- Whole grains(3 grams of fiber/serving or more)
- At least 3 colors on your plate for each meal: carb, meat and fruit/veg!
❑ Fuel frequently
Consume 3 meals, 2-3 snacks every day. Eat every 3 hours starting with breakfast (whenever you wake up). Feed the muscle to keep the muscle!
Gauge your sweat - salty sweater, heavy sweater or light seater?
Always drink water / Gatorade before, during and after practice
Track your water consuption - strive for 1/2 - 1 oz per lb per day
Observe your urine color
Remember to carry your water bottle
❑ Hydrate G.A.T.O.R.
Urine should be clear/lemonade. If you are thirsty, you are dehydrated! Follow the GATOR way to maintain proper hydration.
… to be fresh for the subsequent workout, practice, or game by fueling and hydrating - Pre, During and Post training.
Pre: Consume carbohydrates and protein
Ex.: Pb and J sandwich + Low-fat milk
During: Drink Water and Gatorade
Post: Consume carbohydrates and protein
Ex.: take a post workout shake or low fat chocolate milk, or meal as soon as workout terminates
❑ Approach: 80/20 rule
80% of the time, eat generally healthy, 20% of the time treat. Be aware of what is too much and avoid anything in excess.
Individualized Sports Nutrition Care
Team Sports Nutrition Care
The Bod Pod
The Bod Pod uses air displacement and measurements of density to obtain body composition analysis.
On Campus Dining
Athletes can use their meal plans at Gator Dining, the Training Table, or Broward’s Fresh Food Company. Flex bucks can be used at several other campus location. The nutrition staff aids to help athletes understand their options for easy fuel options throughout the day and helps the athlete schedule their meals and snacks.
The Training Table is available for scholarship athletes and is open for dinner Monday-Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Meals include a variety of premium choice entrees, side dishes, salads, fruit, and beverages.
Sarah Snyder, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CSCS, USAW
Director of Sports Nutrition
352-375-4683 x 4826
Kelsee Gomes, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CLT
Coordinator of Sports Nutrition
352-375-4683 x 4827