Athletics nutrition expert Christopher Barrett spoke to Loomis Chaffee athletes and coaches on Monday, December 15, in a Zoom presentation on optimal dietary practices for student athletes.
Mr. Barrett, a dietitian-nutritionist and running coach, explained how athletes can best take in calories throughout the day, how they should fuel their bodies before practices and games, and how they can eat to maximize recovery after training. He also stressed the importance of healthy snacking and eating a proper breakfast, and he offered specific suggestions for athlete meals and snacks.
Mr. Barrett is the registered dietitian-nutritionist at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at Hartford HealthCare’s Bone & Joint Institute. He is a board-certified registered dietitian and accredited through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A certified strength and conditioning specialist, he has trained athletes ranging from middle schoolers to semi-professionals, including more than a decade of experience coaching cross country and track and field at Greens Farms Academy.
This presentation was the first installment of a partnership between Loomis Chaffee Athletics and the Bone & Joint Institute. Loomis is working closely with the group to help educate student athletes on how to develop physically and mentally to live healthy lives.