Fueling an NBA All-Star
Next Level Podcast with Host Tavis Piattoly, MS, RD, LD
Meg Mangano RD, CSSD
Sports Dietitian for LA Clippers
Fueling an NBA All-star can be a big challenge. Meg is up for the challenge. Meg Mangano is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics and a Certified LEAP Therapist. She is the team nutritionist for the LA Clippers of the NBA, serves on the advisory board to All-Pro Science and runs her company/private practice, REJOOV, LLC. Over 10 years of experience in counseling and educating has helped build a clientele list that includes professional athletes (NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, EPL, AVP & Olympic Athletes), models, actors, performers, musicians, and people of all ages and backgrounds working toward the achievement of their health and fitness goals. Meg is dedicated to helping clients reach, sustain, and go beyond their goals through individualized plans and continuous support.
Blake Griffin in the star power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers and was the 1st overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Blake is a 4x NBA All-Time, 2x All NBA Second Team, and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2011. He also won the slam dunk competition in 2011. Blake was also voted as a starter for the Western Conference for the upcoming NBA All-star game to be played in my hometown in New Orleans and his Clippers currently sit atop the Pacific Division in the Western conference at 42-20.
In this podcast you will learn:
- What made Meg want to work in the field of Sports Nutrition?
- What are 2-3 common mistakes the athletes she sees make with their diet?
- What are some things she looks for when conducting an athlete’s nutrition assessment that can make an immediate impact on performance, health, or recovery?
- Is there anything different about the life of an NBA player that makes it challenging for them to get the calories they need to perform well?
- Are food sensitivities something she is evaluating more often with her athletes?
- Has she noticed when athletes eliminate high trigger foods, do they make a difference in their performance, health, and/or recovery?
- Are there any specific supplements she recommends for NBA players and if so, what’s the specific purpose of those supplements?
- If there is one piece of advice regarding nutrition she would give to a young athlete, what would it be?
- At what point in Blake's career did be start to realize nutrition is an important piece of the puzzle to help elevate your performance?
- How was Blake’s diet different from his college playing days to now being in the NBA?
- What are some of the challenges he faces with his diet during the season, especially if he goes on a long road trip?
- What has Meg taught him that has made a big difference in the way he looks at nutrition or take care of his body?
- Does he feel nutrition gives him an advantage over guys he’s competing against that may not take their nutrition seriously?
- What’s his favorite Pre-Game meal?
- If there is one piece of advice regarding nutrition he could give to a young athlete, what would it be?
Links and Resources:
- Twitter: @RejoovwithMeg
- Twitter: @blakegriffin32
- What are Some Great Pre, During, and Post Game Strategies to Hydrate for Athletes?
- What are some great Pre-Game Meal Options for an Evening Competition?
- What is Unique about an Athlete and Having a Plan for Nutrition?
- How can I distinguish healthy items on a restaurant menu?