March 4, 2019
There will be no practice for any group on Tuesday, March 5 in the afternoon/evening. The City is installing new ADA doors in the locker rooms, and the pool will be closed. There will be normal morning practice for the National and Senior groups on Tuesday. Normal practice schedule resumes on Wednesday.
Swim for Funds
A big THANK YOU to all those who contributed to this year’s Swim for Funds! We far exceeded our goal of $10,000 and raised $12,328. A portion of our annual operating budget comes from this fundraiser, so we greatly appreciate all the hard work.
Congratulations to the Orange group for having the highest participation rate and raising the most funds. They will win an entire practice of fun and games and a pizza party.
Thank you to Torrey Palmer and Damon McAlister for organizing this year’s Swim for Funds.
High School Swimming
The Northern Nevada high school swim season kicks off this week. Several of our swimmers from the Pre-Senior, Senior, and National groups will be competing for their respective schools. High school season is always a fun time and gives our swimmers a chance to showcase their hard work to their school peers. The season culminates with the Regional and State Championships in mid-May. Good luck to our high school athletes!
Nutrition is a huge component of fast swimming and there is a lot of information – good and bad – out there. Over the coming months, I will do more articles on nutrition but today’s focus deals with supplements. TrueSport published an excellent article busting 4 myths that are common with supplements. Click here to read the entire article.
You can’t walk through a store, watch TV, or browse the Internet without being bombarded with supplement advertisements.
“Take this pill and you’ll lose 10 pounds in 10 days.”
“Drink this shake and you’ll add muscle instantly.”
Unfortunately, this is false advertising. And many times, these products are very unhealthy for our children.
“When youth athletes see their professional idols or peers using supplements, they may feel supplementation is necessary to keep up with the competition. Since they are so readily available, it’s also easy for parents to think there’s no harm in letting athletes use them.
“Unfortunately, the supplement industry is one of smoke and mirrors. Although they might seem appropriate for young athletes trying to stay healthy and competitive, there are many myths surrounding supplements that parents should be aware of before choosing to buy these products.” – TrueSport
Here are 4 common myths surrounding supplements:
Myth #1: A supplement found on store shelves is safe
“While you would think that a supplement sold in a health food store or pharmacy has been thoroughly vetted for safety and efficacy, that’s not the case due to how the U.S. supplement industry is regulated.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates supplements in a post-market manner, meaning that all supplements can be sold until something is proven wrong with them. This is the opposite of how pharmaceuticals are regulated, as their effectiveness must first be proven in studies and clinical trials.” – TrueSport
Myth #2: Labels tell you what is exactly in a supplement.
“Post-market regulation also makes it possible for supplement labels to be extremely misrepresentative, as well as intentionally deceptive, about what is actually in a product.
Many supplement companies list ‘Proprietary Blend’ on the label, meaning they can hide any ingredients they want, including those prohibited in sports, under that name. Other companies list ingredients under scientific names, or even fake names, that you might not recognize as anything dangerous or illicit, even if you are careful about reading the label.
In other cases, supplements that aren’t meant to contain potent substances become contaminated as a result of being produced in the same setting as higher-risk supplements. The manufacturer may be unaware and the label won’t reflect the error, but consumers are still at risk when products don’t undergo pre-market analysis and certification.” – TrueSport
Myth #3: Natural ingredients mean a supplement is safe.
“Supplement companies often brand their products as being ‘ all-natural’ or ‘organic,’ usually with a green ‘certified’ logo that provides a holistic vibe. However, there’s plenty of things in nature that can cause serious damage to the human body, and unfortunately these are sometimes found in supplements.
The classic example of this is ephedra, an ingredient from a plant of the same name, which was popular in weight-loss supplements. After the ingredient was tied to the deaths of several young athletes and an NFL player, as well as other severe side effects in many more people, the FDA banned the ingredient from being sold in supplements in 2004. However, products that contain ephedra extract are still legal.” – TrueSport
Myth #4: Recalled or proven dangerous products can no longer be bought.
“Unfortunately, after a supplement has been proven dangerous and recalled, it doesn’t magically disappear from the market.
Instead, it’s up to the retailer to pay attention to recall announcements and remove the product from their shelves. This means a dangerous product can stay on store shelves for years after the fact and that someone who has already bought said product would never know that it’s been recalled.” – TrueSport
In addition, to the potential danger to the athletes’ health, there have been cases where Olympic-level athletes have failed drug tests and the failed test has been linked to a contaminated supplement. The athlete had no idea they were ingesting a banned substance. Scary stuff!
The article sums up supplements perfectly: “In most cases, a healthy, balanced diet will get athletes the nutrients they need to stay fit and perform at their best.” Be on the lookout for more nutrition articles in the comings months.
Each week, I will post the “Parent Education” section on the website. Click here to read the archived articles.
Here are the upcoming meets for Reno Aquatic Club:
- March 15 – 17 – Pacific 14-Under JO Meet (Qualification times needed – talk with coach to see if swimmer should attend)
- March 23 – 24 – NNA Age Group Open / Reno, NV (Swimmers who don't have another meet in March or April)
- April 4 – 7 – Far Westerns / Santa Clara, CA (all qualified)
- April 12 – 14 – Folsom Spring Splash (long course) / Folsom, CA (talk with your child’s coach)
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thank you for your support.