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How much weight should a child involved in sports gain?

Appropriate weight gain for children will varies widely. Children will, by nature, gain weight as they grow. A healthy, well-rounded diet with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats will supply the child with nutrition need to grow and support their participation in athletics. A child at an otherwise healthy weight should not lose weight during athletic participation. Children who are overweight or obese will most likely lose weight due to increased activity, however this weight loss should be supervised by a physician. If you have questions about your child's weight or preparing a balanced diet for them, consult your physician. Your physician can also connect you with a Registered Dietician who can address any needs for weight gain or loss.
(This answer provided for NATA by Lee M. Averill, ATC, CSCS.)

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