I spent my first 3 years of college as a student athletic trainer at the University of North Texas. What drew me to this path was a weird and obsessive love with the sport of football. I knew that I was too slow, too weak, and too unathletic to compete at the collegiate level in my favorite sport, or any sport for that matter. However, I enjoyed anatomy classes in high school and wanted to stay connected to the sport. What I learned there was an invaluable amount of information on the way the human body works; more importantly, the effect of nutrition on the body.
Standing on the sidelines, it didn’t take long to see who the more athletic players were. You’ve all seen them before; they typically have a better build, move faster and more decisively than the rest of the athletes, and generally dominate the guy across the line of scrimmage.
Trainers work some of the longest hours in the workforce. During two-a-days (two practices per day), it’s not uncommon for athletic trainers to arrive at the facilities around 4:30 am and then stay until 9 or 10. Trainers are there for rehab before practice, after practice, and then repeated for the next practice. By the end of two-a-days, we knew the athletes better than our roommates.
Knowing and spending as much time as we did with the athletes, we also knew what they put in their body. Many of them ate lunch during rehab as it was their only break between practice, weight lifting, and meetings. Collegiate athletes put their body through more physical stress and conditioning than 99.9% of the rest of the population, so what they ate was very important. However, many of them ignored this. I saw more McDonalds eaten in front of me than I though was humanly possible. Some of the elite athletes ate this, and some of them chose healthier options like lean meats, vegetables, meal replacement shakes, and vitamins.
In my time there, I can’t remember a single instance in which we helped the athletes who chose the healthier options work through muscle cramps and dehydration during practices and games. By the time the 4th quarter rolled around, even the coaches planned their games around these athletes. I don’t think they did it based off of their diets, but more because these athletes consistently showed more stamina, better conditioning, and better performance as the game progressed.
The old saying of “you are what you eat” never rang more true. The guys who ate McDonalds every day were always tired, dehydrated, and more prone to nagging injuries. What we put in our bodies have a direct effect on our performance of whatever the obstacle we are trying to tackle. If you put junk in, you’re going to get junk in return.
If you’re reading this, there’s a very good possibility that you’re a pet owner. What many people take for granted, is how much of an athlete our dogs are. When we throw the ball for our dog, there’s no doubt most of the time they run as hard as they can, they cut as hard as they can, and they jump as high as they can.
With our dogs being the athletes they are, it’s just as important to supply them with the superior nutrition they deserve. Just like collegiate athletes, we want their muscles to hold up in the heat, for their tendons and ligaments that hold their joints together to continue doing just, and for them to keep a nice lean healthy weight.
At Muenster, we believe our dogs deserve the same nutrition we do. That’s why we only use the highest quality ingredients. You may find dog foods with prettier bags, but for the best results, buy Muenster.