Honors Program


Document Type


Date of this Version

Spring 3-6-2023


Hansen, E. (2022). Advertising Sports Nutrition Practices to Adolescent Athletes: A Poster Series. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Emma Hansen 2023.


Sports nutrition is an important aspect of an athlete’s training and improvement, yet it is often overlooked when it comes to younger competitors. Four posters were created with the intent of providing adolescent athletes, their parents, and their coaches with information about important topics in sports nutrition including a general overview of nutrition goals, hydration strategies, recovery nutrition, and nutritional considerations for vegetarian and vegan youth athletes. The posters were designed to appeal to adolescents from the ages of 13 to 18, and each poster covers its designated topic in detail appropriate for middle and high school-aged athletes. The accompanying literature review reflects the research that was done prior to the creation of the graphics. Research on sports nutrition for adolescent athletes is limited and usually based on adjusted adult recommendations. The nutrition recommendations found on the posters and throughout the literature review were based on common trends seen in the literature.

1-General-Nutrition.pdf (722 kB)
General nutrition overview of recommended practices

2-Hydration.pdf (567 kB)
Hydration recommendations for adolescent athletes

3-Recovery.pdf (564 kB)
Recovery nutrition basics and strategies

4-VegetarianVegan.pdf (742 kB)
Considerations for vegetarian and vegan youth athletes