Athlete Case Study:

Sean, age 20, is a collegiate basketball player who recently recovered from strep throat. He was unable to practice or compete for almost 1 month while he recovered from his sickness. During that time, his weight dropped from 180 to 170 pounds, an outcome he was disappointed with because he was already trying to gain weight before he became ill. He is currently 6’4’’, 8% body fat (as measured by plethysmography), and wants to feel stronger on the court. Ideally he would like to gain at least 10-15 pounds of muscle. Their team just finished the championship games (which he unfortunately missed) and now they are currently in their post-season period. They do not have official practice, but Sean still gets out to train by either doing cardio, weights, or shooting hoops 4-5 days per week for 2 hours each day. Sean currently lives in an apartment with 2 roommates and either cooks for himself or purchases food from the nearest take-out spot.

Description of the Sport and Related Nutritional Needs: What is the typical training routine of the sport? What energy system(s) is/are primarily used and why ? What is the athlete’s specific macronutrient (in g/kg) and micronutrient needs? Do they have elevated needs of any micronutrient and why?

Athlete Anthropometric Assessment: What is the athlete’s BMI, %IBW? Is the athlete
underweight, normal weight, overweight? What criteria were used? Is percent body weight in the “athlete” range? What is the athlete’s fat mass and fat free mass?

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