THE HEALTHY FORMER ATHLETE
An Easy-to-Read guide on Nutrition, Fitness,
and Life in General
For Athletes Making the Transition to
"You've been setting your alarm clock for 5:30 a.m. for as long as you can remember. If not for an early weight-lifting session, then for 6 a.m. conditioning or to cram for a test you hadn't had time to prepare for between practices, team dinners, and rehabbing those nagging injuries.
It's an early wake up call, but you love it. Live for it really. You love the sense of camaraderie with your teammates, your best friends. You love that you're living your childhood dream.
Then one day you don't have to set that alarm anymore. It's a day you always knew would come, but that doesn't make it any less gut wrenching. Your entire life has, in many ways, been devoted to your sport. When suddenly it's gone - or at least it feels sudden - it's like you're losing a part of yourself."
The Healthy Former Athlete
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lauren Link, MS, RD, CSSD
Lauren Link is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She earned her bachelor's degree in dietetics and in nutrition, fitness and health and her master's in health & kinesiology, both from Purdue University, where she played soccer and was a four-time Academic All B1G honoree and a member of the 2007 Big Ten Tournament championship team.
In January of 2014, she returned to her alma matter as Purdue's first full-time sports dietitian and is presently the Director of Sports Nutrition. In addition to promoting optimal performance during their athletic career, she also is passionate about helping her athletes successfully navigate the transition into the real world. Beyond publishing her book, The Healthy Former Athlete, she has led multiple initiatives to this end, founding a student-athlete community garden and spearheading a transitional program called BLAST (Boiler Life After SporT).