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Skating on Thin Ice: A Conversation About Body Image & Sports Nutrition


A Culture of “Perfectionism”

Athletes are constantly surrounded by thoughts that they are not “enough”. They want to be faster, stronger, leaner, better, or more effective.  No one knows this feeling quite like a youth Ice Skater. The pressure to fit an unrealistic idea of “perfection” can be harmful and counter intuitive to these athletes performance. The scrutiny they face is not just in regards to performance, but their bodies as well. In our culture, it is easy to get caught up in the noise of sports performance such as weight on the scale when we should be focusing on the most important factor: health.

Nutrition, recovery, training, sleep, rest, performance, and emotional health. 

These are the factors that as coaches, parents, and health professionals we need to be focusing in on. Ice skating is an aesthetic sport with a large emphasis on leanness in athletes, so it is not surprising that many struggles with body image arise.

This is why we need to be mindful and intentional with our guidance in regards to nutrition, body shape and size. Your words matter and could make the difference between going down a path of disordered eating or healthy performance.

Join us for an afternoon of connection and conversation with Registered Dietitian Bella Diaz MS, RDN of Applied Fitness Solutions. Your athlete having a healthy relationship with their body, food, and their sport is crucial to their success & health as an athlete. We are starting a conversation that we hope will spark a flame in you. We want to open the door for greater discussion on what may be the most influential topic for your athlete.

Date & Time

Saturday February 15th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

The Details

Bella Diaz, MS RDN will be covering topics such as appropriate fueling pre- and post-training, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) related issues, supportive ways to address weight in regards to performance, and what it means to have a healthy relationship with food.

There will also be a Q&A portion of the afternoon where we will be answering your questions on body image & sports nutrition! Simply submit your questions below and we will aim to address as many as we can.

Cost: $20 per athlete (parents can attend with athlete for free)

Coaches are welcome to attend free of charge– please just email if you would like to attend!

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