Looking to get an edge as an athlete? The answer isn't supplements, steroids or drugs, but fueling the body with proper nutrition.
Nothing can take the place of quality food. As an athlete, you need more vitamins, minerals, and calories to train at a high level. The lack of these essential nutrients can lead to fatigue, injury, and decreased performance. Your goal is to FUEL your body all day long through meals, snacks, and fluids.
Amy Goodson is a registered sports dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. From individual nutrition sessions to personalized meal plans, grocery shopping trips, and sports team presentations, Goodson will help you achieve your performance goals through a myriad of sports nutrition services.
Are you a candidate for a nutrition assessment? Need nutrition answers quickly? Ask Amy is an online tool to engage athletes, their family members, coaches and trainers.
Candidate for a nutrition assessment
Do I need a nutrition assessment? Do you think you could benefit from changing your diet? If you answer "yes" to any of the statements below, you could benefit from meeting with our registered sports dietitian.
- I do not have time to figure out what to eat.
- I do not know what is true and what is false regarding nutrition and my diet.
- The grocery store is overwhelming to me.
- I am not meeting my sports performance goals.
- I am not meeting my weight loss goals.
- I am trying to gain weight and can't
- I frequently get muscle cramps
- I have no energy.
- I make poor food choices.
- I eat out all the time.
Benefits of proper nutrition
Many people, especially athletes, do not realize the benefits of proper nutrition. When you eat well, you perform well. That is why Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine has a registered dietitian available to help. Proper nutrition can help you in the following ways:
- Increase your athletic performance
- Increase your conditioning levels
- Increase your strength levels
- Increase your energy levels in everyday life & training
- Increase your mental capacity, acuity, & alertness
- Increase your metabolic functioning
- Boost your immune system
- Increase the amount of lean muscle mass
- Improve your recovery time after injury
- Improve your hydration status
- Promotes muscle repair and growth
- Decrease your risk for injury
- Decrease your risk of chronic fatigue
- Reduce your total body fat
- Decrease the amount of muscle tissue you may lose during a season
Exercise and Sports Nutrition Services
Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine offers 10 sports nutrition services to meet your needs:
- Individual nutrition sessions, meal plans and education to meet your schedule and food preferences
- Fast food, restaurant, and travel eating tips and meal plans
- Diet analysis and meal planning
- Sports nutrition team and booster club seminars
- Small group nutrition sessions
- Nutrition and wellness seminars at businesses, luncheons, events, gyms, etc.
- Grocery shopping trips
- “Kitchen Clean-Out” sessions
- Healthy cooking tips
- Follow-up/accountability sessions in person, over the phone and email
About the Sports Dietitian
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, is the sports dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University in 2003 and went on to get her master’s degree in exercise and sports nutrition in 2006 while also working towards her registration and license to become a registered dietitian. Amy works with athletes and professional athletes of all ages in addition to everyday exercisers. She also speaks to community groups, booster clubs and at continuing education conferences. Amy serves as the sports dietitian for TCU Athletics, the Jim McLean Golf School and a variety of professional athletes, including Major League Baseball and PGA Tour players, USA Track and Field athletes and UFC fighters. Amy also serves as an adjunct nutrition professor for Texas Woman’s University and Texas Christian University. Amy is passionate about helping people find the missing link in their program — nutrition.
Additional nutrition resources
Sports Nutrition 101
Tips for a Healthy Weight
Food Categories: Best Choices
Performance Grocery Shopping
During Exercise Eating
Sports Drinks…Is One Better?
A Healthy, Nutrient-Dense Breakfast: How to start your day off right!
Choose Your Snack
High Calorie Snacks
Weight Gain Tips
Weight Loss Tips
Healthy Fast Food Choices