For athletes to perform at their best, they need a carefully crafted diet to fuel them.
Dr. Raphael Longobardi, an assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at New York University, shared insight on putting together that optimal nutritional plan in a presentation called "Supplements and the High School Athlete" on Dec. 1 at Northern Highlands Regional High School. The lecture, which drew a handful of people, was the final presentation in Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation’s Sports Education Lecture Series.
[Supplements has] become more and more a topic of concern regarding what athletes are taking, what they’re not taking, what they can do, what they can’t do to try to improve their performance," said Longobardi, who has served on the medical staff of several professional and collegiate teams, including roles as team physician for the New York Islanders and the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and consultant for the Florida Marlins.
Proper general dietary guidelines serve as a foundation for optimal athletic performance, Longobardi said.