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The Players’ Plate

All-American track and field athlete Emily Cole is tapping into the knowledge of elite athletes, dieticians and other experts to help athletes find their optimal fueling plan.

Every athlete can benefit from this book!” – April Ross, 3x USA Sand Volleyball Olympic Medalist, 2020 Olympics Gold Medalist


I spent the most important race day of my life so far in a coma because I wasn’t eating or drinking enough salt.

The summer before my senior year of high school, I changed everything about my cooking and eating habits in an effort to be better. Be faster. And it worked! I qualified for the state championships for the first time.

I now had a chance to run at the collegiate level. My life was changing right before my eyes.

Unfortunately, I would never compete in that state championship race I worked so hard to achieve.

After all of these sacrifices for the sake of a breakout season, I ended up spending the entirety of my epic race weekend in a self-induced coma. During those final weeks leading up to state, I had slowly been developing Hyponatremia, a condition where the concentration of sodium in my blood became dangerously low. Yep, you heard that right: sodium. 

As I became more stringent about eating well, this often unintentionally translated to my food being low in sodium. That large shift in my diet, combined with sweating out salt during hot summer practices, and constantly chugging water, all compounded to cause my levels to get so low. I didn’t know any better.

Now I do know better, and I want to keep other young athletes from making the same mistakes.

From the Author

“My journey of figuring out what nutrition strategies work best for me has been far from linear. Naturally, your journey will be full of the same highs and lows along the way, but I hope that if I can be an example of one thing, it’s that they will all be worth it.”


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