Components of our Program
We believe athletes will perform at their best, both academically and athletically, when they consume a plant-rich and nutrient-dense diet. When they have the right nutrients in their bloodstream, it enables muscle cells to produce more energy. This allows athletes to be stronger and faster during workouts and competitions.
Student athletes are constantly under a lot of stress and putting a huge demand on their bodies because of their high-performance lifestyle. This makes them more susceptible to illness from bacteria and viruses. When an athlete’s body is being provided with the micronutrients from nutrient-dense foods, the immune system is stronger; thus, reducing the time an athlete may have to take off from their sport to heal. We are here to help your athletes with their individual nutritional needs not only to improve personal performance but to cultivate the strongest and healthiest team possible.
Research shows that consuming a plant rich and nutrient dense diet has been proven to be safe and effective in reducing depressive symptoms, improving sleep quality and decreasing perceived stress levels. Individuals that consume more fruits and vegetables indicate a higher state of wellbeing. Ultimately we want to help athletes cultivate a positive relationship with food that can not only benefit them now but also in the future as well.
SECA- Body Analysis Machine
Students will undergo assessment on the SECA 515/415 Medical Body Composition Analyzer also known as seca mBCA. This device can non-invasive and accurately records height, weight, and numerous calculated variables such as Phase Angle, Fat Mass, and Fat Free Mass via bioelectrical impedance. This data can be used to assess metabolic activity, determine energy consumption, energy reserves, determine fluid status and most importantly, the general state of health of the student athlete. Obtaining this type of analysis for your students is not only informational from a coaching perspective, but also student athletes enjoy seeing their individual results.
Each student athlete will be interviewed by a PRANDIAL Lab research team member to record food and beverage consumption over the last 24 hours. The information gathered, will be entered into the ASA-24 program that analyzes caloric intake by meal and whether or not the athletes achieved the target amount of various food groups that they should be consuming. These food groups include grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and protein foods. In addition to food groups, this program calculates various nutrients and whether or not athletes are reaching the target amounts. Analyzing nutrient consumption is important because it can determine potential deficiencies that athletes are not aware of or may not know about. This is vital information because deficiencies may hinder an athlete from reaching their full potential and performance ability. Common deficiencies among athletes in the past include, Vitamin D, Iron, and Choline. In addition to food group and nutrient achievement, our program can determine which, if any, athletes are over and under fueling; ultimately, assisting in their optimum athletic performance and overall well-being.