What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:

Did you know that food is more than just fuel for our athletes? It’s information their body uses to perform and to stay injury free.

So what happens when our athlete doesn’t eat properly?

In today’s huddle, I talk with a sports dietitian, Amy Dirks. Amy is a mom of two daughters playing sports and Amy herself was a D1 volleyball player at Arkansas State. She also was Sporting KC’s first sports dietitian.

Amy and I discuss…

  • Who she is, what she does and why she does it.
  • Her food philosophy: Eat whole foods as much as possible, which means food that grows and dies.
  • Why we are not meant to eat all the processed foods, artificial ingredients, and preservatives.
  • Why food is not just fuel…it’s information for our body and why an athlete can’t “out supplement” a diet missing whole foods.
  • Why all the information can be confusing us and how to get back to real, whole food.
  • Some ways sports moms can start small to make changes for the long-term and why a plan is important (but how to start small so there is no overwhelm).


Amy Dirks is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with a background in Sports Nutrition and Wellness. Also certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer.

She is well known for working with professional and elite youth soccer players. Most recently the sports performance dietitian for MLS’ Sporting Kansas City, she counseled numerous professional athletes during the 2017 and 2018 season.

Links & References:

Follow these links to find Amy’s resources or ask her a question:

Amy Dirks Email: amydirks@gmail.com

Soccer Today Article: Nutrition for Soccer Players


We love hearing from you!

If you have a question about today’s episode (or want to ask a question of your own for the podcast), you can email me at beth@sportsmomsunited.com or head on over to the  Sports Moms United Facebook Community