Before practice, the STORM travel teams gathered at the Steward School to spend an hour with VCU’s Nutritionist, Denise Cochran. Denise works with all students at VCU, but has spent some considerable time with the student-athletes. Denise also has a son and daughter that play competitive lacrosse, which in turn relates very well to the demands of a young female student-athlete of lacrosse.
“I value educating these young female student-athletes and their families about the OVERALL athlete. I have spent many years coaching at the highest of levels and educating those players about nutrition as it relates to athletics, diet, body image, eating disorders, how and what to eat prior to, during and post competition. It only makes sense to allow these younger players the same benefit to excel in all areas of their game. Denise Cochran can bring her expertise along with the perspective of understanding the game of lacrosse and travel team tournaments and transfer that information to allow a young athlete to understand how and what to consume to fuel their body.” states President of New World Sports, Sue Murphy.
Denise Cochran, M.M.Sc., R.D. Denise Cochran has been a Registered Dietitian in Richmond for over 25 years. She was the Wellness Coordinator and RD at Briarwood (now ACAC) for 10 years. She has been the Medical Nutrition Specialist at Family Practice Specialists for 15 years. She also was a certified aerobics instructor for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Nutrition from Penn State University and her Master in Medical Science from Emory University. Denise’s primary responsibilities include educating students about nutrition, eating disorders, and body image. She provides one-on-one nutrition counseling and gives presentations. Denise works with student-athletes at VCU including volleyball and basketball.
STORM parent Stacey Strobl said “Thanks for having the nutritionist come and speak to the girls. Olivia really enjoyed it and couldn’t stop talking about how much she learned! I think she liked hearing that she was doing a lot of things right (nutritionally) and also got some great tips on how she can tweak her diet in the areas she needs improvement. I think it is great when kids can hear good advice from other authority figures (besides mom and dad!) – sometimes it is better received! Please extend my thanks to the nutritionist as well.”