FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Mei Ishimura are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy earned two singles wins as the Wildcats (2-2) picked up two road wins over Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine before falling to No. 9 Texas A&M 7-0 on Sunday. ACU returns to the courts this weekend for four matches in the Sooner State against Oklahoma Baptist, Oral Roberts, Nebraska-Omaha and Tulsa.The Sugar Bears (2-1) swept Alabama A&M 7-0 to open the season and followed it up with a 4-1 victory over Mercer before being edged by Auburn 4-3. Ishimura combined for five wins over the weekend in singles and doubles play. UCA is idle this weekend before going up to Tulsa to face Oral Roberts and Tulsa on Feb. 2. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy – Sr. – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed top-line victories against both Pepperdine and Azusa Pacific, who’s ranked No. 13 at the Division II level. On Sunday, he went toe-to-toe with Texas A&M’s Juan Carlos Aguilar, the 89th-ranked player in Division I, before falling in the final frame 6-4. Honorable Mention: Gabriel Evans, Incarnate Word.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mei Ishimura – Fr. – Sapporo, JapanAfter dropping her first collegiate set, Ishimura won the next four to secure two of her four combined wins in as many matches on Saturday against Alabama A&M and Mercer. Against Auburn the following day, she outlasted the Tigers’ Sophia Graver to finish perfect in singles play on the week. Honorable Mention: Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Nini Memishishi, Abilene Christian; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
BY NEIL BARRETT: If you have a child or teenager who has an unhealthy body composition or carrying too much excess body fat, it is not a phase, it is not puppy fat, they will not grow into/out of it, the likelihood is they will struggle with their weight for the majority of their lives, unless it is addressed now!The area of nutrition is a very contentious one, the information is extensive and readily available, but how do you decipher the good information from the bad?Well, I’m going to try and make this as simple as possible by exploring the different measures you can take to ensure adequate nutrition for your children. Part one of this article will look at what not to do when it comes to feeding your children, part two (next week’s article) will give insight into what you should be doing, along with some handy advice on striking nutritional balance without them being aware.Some facts to get us started….If your child consumes more calories than they use each day, the excess will be converted to fat and stored in/on the body (we will return to this later as not all calories are created equal).Variables that influence an adolescent’s body composition are gender, parental education, attitude, self-efficacy, goal orientation/motivation, physical education/school sports participation and family influences. I purposely underlined 5 of the 7 variables, these all start at home!Another likelihood is that this subject has already been broached, tension has mounted and at the risk of causing undue stress the parent has decided not to pursue it.This strategy will not have a positive outcome.So what to do as a parent? This is the million dollar question, and unfortunately I don’t have the answer.I am not a parent, I do not possess the skills (yet) to practically implement a healthy eating plan for a child/teenager, what I do possess however is all the necessary information on what is required. In a perfect world, calorie counting would only require simple arithmetic skills, consume less and your body fat goes down.This however couldn’t be further from the truth, counting calories is very difficult, time consuming and carries many confusing rules.For example if my body requires 2000Kcal per day and I consume 1900Kcal of pure sugar, my body fat percentage will more than likely increase.If however I consume 2500Kcal of nothing but high quality protein, my body fat percentage will drop dramatically. Confusing? Very!It is not my recommendation that you do this, I am only using a dramatic example to highlight my point. So if calorie counting is very difficult with a low compliance rate & you are not a nutritionist, biochemist or dietician, how do you ensure the perfect balanced intake?You can’t, perfection is rarely an option.Children & teenagers shouldn’t really be placed on restrictive eating plans, they are at risk of being under nourished for some nutrients when we focus too heavily on fat loss.What you can do however is significantly reduce their added sugar intake.This is not just simply eliminating sugar from cereal in the morning or switching to diet/free soft drinks.It should be a more holistic approach to reducing all the hidden sugars in the diet. Here is a list of everyday hidden sugars or alternatives found in most/all processed foods:Agave, Maltodextrin, Aspartame, Maltose, Barley Malt Syrup, Maple Syrup, Beet Sugar, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Muscovado, Cane Juice and Cane Syrup, Rice Syrup, Coconut Palm, Saccharin, Confectioners’ Sugar, Sorbitol, Corn Sweeteners and Corn Syrup, Stevia, Date Sugar, Sucanat, Demerara, Sucralose, Dextrose, Sucrose, Erythritol Sugar, Alcohols Fructose, Erythritol Fruit Juice Concentrate, Hydrogenated starch, hydrolysates Glucose, Isomalt Glucose Syrup, Lactitol, Granulated White Sugar, Maltitol High Fructose Corn Syrup Mannitol High Maltose Corn Syrup Sorbitol Honey Jaggery Invert Sugar LactoseExcess sugar intake has been linked with not only considerable fat gain in children & teens but there is also a strong link between elevated sugar consumption and behavioural disorders such as ADHD and hyperactivity.Attempting to decode food labels on a daily basis is a painstakingly long process and will drive you demented long before it helps reach any health goals.So instead, try these simple tips to reducing sugar levels.1. Eliminate all soft drinks from the diet, this includes all cordials (such as Robinsons or MiWadi). These are laced with sugar replacements such as Aspartame).Water with pieces of cut fruit or berries & some mint leaves is a much tastier, healthier & more refreshing option.2. Switch from low fat yoghurts to natural yoghurts & add berries or a small teaspoon of natural honey for sweetness.Low fat usually means high sugar. Fat gives texture and flavour to food, when you remove it you lose these therefore companies will increase the added sugar content to bolster flavour.3. Take chocolate biscuits & crisps out of the lunch box. Try replacing them with apple quarters and a thin spread of peanut/almond butter.4. Make sure they have breakfast! But more importantly, try and ensure it is a high protein breakfast (egg’s or porridge with berries).Protein takes much longer to digest than simple carbohydrates (contained in almost all breakfast cereals and toast) and with this comes a longer lasting feeling of fullness, as a result your child/teenager is much less likely to snack on sugary foods.(Whether your teen is looking for a stand-alone strength and conditioning program, or additional training to supplement their sport specific training, Fit-Hub Teens is committed to helping them achieve their goals in a fun, judgement free environment surrounded by their peers & supervised by trained professionals) For more information contact Ruairi on:086 1970 325Email email@example.comNEIL BARRETT’S TEEN FIT HUB: STRIKING A BALANCE AND THE WAR ON SUGAR (PART 1) was last modified: June 3rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyNeil Barrettsugarteen fit hubteen fitnesswar on sugar