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New studies suggest that children and teens who are more physically active not only see immediate improvements in their mental health, but that those beneficial effects last into adulthood
Two new studies underscore the beneficial effects that physical fitness has on mental health in children and adolescents – and its long-term impact into adulthood.

While it’s common knowledge that physical activity has benefits for the body and mind, two new studies show promise in using fitness to help solve the mental health crisis among adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2021, more than 1 in 5 U.S. high school students seriously considered attempting suicide, and 1 in 10 attempted suicide.

One just-released study, “Physical Fitness and Risk of Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents,” which analyzed 1.9 million youth in Taiwan, showed that those in “better-performing fitness quantiles” exhibited lower incidents of anxiety, depressive and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders — ultimately suggesting that cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance and muscular power may serve a protective role in the onset of mental disorders. The study’s authors said the initial findings warrant further investigation.

The Asics 2024 State of Mind Study takes things a step further, finding that the ages of 15-17 are key in establishing lifelong exercise habits and that 58% of those who regularly exercised between those ages continue to do so later in life.

Of particular interest, those who were routinely active at 15-17 report higher ‘State of Mind’ scores in adulthood compared to those who were not, and each additional year a teen remained engaged in physical activity was associated with an improved State of Mind score in adulthood.

As Asics points out in its report, 57% of the Silent Generation (adults born from 1928 through 1945) recall being active daily in their childhoods compared to just 19% of Gen Z, which Asics sees as a correlation to Gen Z having the lowest State of Mind score (62/100), compared to Silent Generation scoring the highest (70/100).

There is some hope, however, with Gen Z and millennials invested and engaged in their health and wellness, from their willingness to spend on nutrition to their interest in boutique fitness and personal training.

Fitness Brands Have a Role To Play

Leading fitness brands have looked to meet young consumers where they are with special promotions and content on social media.

Planet Fitness offers free memberships for teenagers during the summer months with its High School Summer Pass Program, a successful initiative that saw three million teens participate last summer.

Connected fitness giant Peloton has tapped TikTok, the video platform dominated by Gen Z users, to put eyes on its fitness content. So far, teaming up with Gen Z’s favorite social media app has paid off, with a Peloton spokesperson recently telling Athletech News that the TikTok collab has helped the brand reach new audiences and has driven “significant growth” in #TikTokFitness viewership.

Former pro athletes, meanwhile have invested in youth fitness facilities.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins recently partnered with ETS Performance, a youth sports performance training center. D1 Training, an athletic-based fitness training brand founded by former NFL player Will Bartholomew, opened its 100th location earlier this year, serving young athletes and adults.

We had six swimmers travel to New Braunfels to compete in their Earth Day Swim Meet! The largest time drop of the swim meet was made by Emily with a 66.93 second drop in her 400 IM followed by Brody with his 30.46 second drop in his 500 freestyle! All the swimmers dropped significant amounts of time and three swimmers participated in brand new events. We are very proud of our swimmers! The meet results are below. Our next meet will be held June 9-12th at the CCISD Natatorium. Please contact your coach to sign up!

The document april_2023_meet_results.pdf was attached to this post.

By Shantel Davis

What To Eat Before, During and After a Swim Meet
Updated: 2 hours ago

As someone who has worked closely with elite athletes in the International Swimming League, I’m often asked for advice on what to eat before, during, and after competitions. While I’m not a sports nutritionist, I’ve had the unique opportunity to observe what works for some of the world’s best swimmers. As the team manager for the New York Breakers, I got an inside look at what foods top athletes turn to for optimal performance in the pool. So, whether you’re a competitive swimmer or just looking to up your game in the water, here are some tips and tricks from the pros to help you fuel your body like a champion.

Breakfast: Before a competition, it’s important for swimmers to eat a breakfast that is high in carbohydrates and protein to fuel their bodies and provide energy for their events. Examples of good breakfast choices include:

Whole grain toast with peanut butter and banana slices

Greek yogurt with granola and berries

Oatmeal with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit

Eggs with whole grain toast and avocado (YUM, my favorite!)

I know it’s tempting to indulge in a big ol’ plate of pancakes with whipped cream and syrup before a big swim meet, but trust me, your stomach will not thank you. Avoiding high-fat, high-sugar, and high-fiber foods before competition is key to avoiding digestive issues and feeling sluggish. So instead of loading up on processed and fried foods, opt for something that will make you feel like a champion. Think nutrient-dense foods like the ones above.

Snacks: During competitions, swimmers often have multiple events spread throughout the day. To keep their energy levels up and maintain their focus, it’s important to snack on foods that are easy to digest and provide quick energy. Examples of good snack choices include:

Fresh fruit like bananas, oranges, or grapes

Energy bars or granola bars

Rice cakes with peanut butter or hummus

Trail mix with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit

Admittedly, the male pro swimmers devoured the Smukers Uncrustables during the meet. They also enjoyed beet juice, ginger shots, organic protein bars and fruit. We made lots of Costco runs to keep the supply high. They also enjoyed the benefits of sports electrolyte drinks provided by sponsors.

Electrolyte drinks can be a valuable addition to an athlete’s diet, particularly during intense training or competition. These drinks are designed to replenish the body’s electrolytes, which can become depleted through sweating. Electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and magnesium play a crucial role in regulating muscle function, maintaining proper hydration, and supporting overall athletic performance. While water is always a good choice for staying hydrated, adding an electrolyte drink to your routine can help you stay energized and focused throughout your workout or race. Just be sure to choose a product that’s low in sugar and doesn’t contain any artificial additives or ingredients that could negatively impact your swimmer.

Recovery: After a long day of competing, it’s important for swimmers to refuel and replenish their bodies with the nutrients they need for recovery and do it in a timely fashion. Do not wait too long to eat. Try to eat within :30-45mins after competition is over. A combination of carbohydrates and protein to help repair muscles and restore energy levels. Examples of good post-competition meals include:

Grilled chicken with brown rice and steamed vegetables

Salmon with quinoa and roasted sweet potatoes.

Black bean and vegetable stir fry with whole grain noodles.

Turkey chili with whole grain crackers and avocado.

We also had a couple of pro swimmers following a strict Keto diet. If you’re following a ketogenic diet, you may be looking for high-fat options to help fuel your body. Foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish like salmon are great options for getting healthy fats into your diet. You can also try adding coconut oil or MCT oil to your smoothies or coffee for an extra boost of healthy fats. Just be sure to balance your high-fat intake with plenty of leafy greens and other non-starchy veggies to keep your body properly nourished. Protein and good fats are key.

Now, it would be awesome if all our nutrients could be supplied by our food source; however, most of the pro swimmers take supplements. I’ll leave that topic for another blog post


Congratulations to Coach Annette DuVall for being selected 1 out of 7 finalist out of over 11,000 swim coach’s. 2022 Coaches Impact Award. This is a huge honor. We are so proud of you. Thank you for all your hard work and keeping us going.

We are hosting our annual June swim meet at the CCISD Natatorium. We are expecting this meet to fill quickly, so please get with your coach on your entries as soon as possible. If you volunteer at the meet, your meet entries are reduced by half! We need any and all volunteers to help run the meet. We are attaching the meet information for your convenience. We look forward to seeing you in the pool! Coach

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