Even for the most dedicated young athletes, proper nutrition is not always the focus.
Eisenhower’s graduate Lynsey Barclay learned the dangers of poor eating habits for the first time in her high-profile competition, and motivated her to learn more so that she could help others avoid similar fate. The former soccer and fast-growing adult has worked with her to become the Washington State Performance Diet Director, and her work includes collaborating with staff to create student-athletic dining menus.
“I like what I do, and especially in this new role, I feel we can really make a big difference in controlling the dining area,” said Barkley. Learning to have a truly healthy relationship with food is very important to me.
The new leadership role allows staff members to focus more on football while engaging in other sports. Barclay travels to all distant games with a practice of nutrition, giving players a good drink and getting what they want from hotel meals and snacks.
Zilla football coach Ryan Watson left Barclay two years ago. He graduated from Eisenhower in 2009. She remembers seeing her love for the sport when she was a cadet for the Cadets basketball team, where she could relate any knowledge to her athletic knowledge.
When Barclay’s husband, Nicolas Barkley, died suddenly in December last year, she found herself fit in a community where she showed her love and support. Brian Greene, a graduate of the Washington State Center and Eisenhower, said the mother of two boys took a short time before continuing her search for improvement in the WSU sports nutrition program.
“Every day you come to me,” said Grane. “She’s different. I have never seen anyone so mentally strong. ”
Moved to success
From the time she began pursuing a degree in nutrition science and nutrition in Central Washington, Barclay knew she had always wanted to work with college or professional athletes.
Kelly Pricett, director of CWU Sports Nutrition, sparked Barclay’s interest in dietetics and became a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology. Yakima Valley spends 30-50 hours a week working with athletes and teams, including football, and that knowledge has led to a full-time job as Renton School District Nutrition Services Manager.
A.D. When a job opened in Washington State in 2018, she jumped at the chance to return to Wolverine. Barclay quickly gained the trust of coaches from Mike Leach to Nick Rolovich and developed a love for the diversity of football players and their dietary needs.
A 300-pound center like Grane’s 5-foot-8, 165-pound wide receiver Renard Bell, many different body types require a completely different diet plan. When Grane Barkley took over, she immediately noticed changes and the adult thanked her for speeding up the recovery process.
“She has the greatest respect for the whole team,” said Grenene, who started a regimen of cherry juice, collagen, and vitamins. “Good details are very important to her.”
He served on one of the athletics committees he met with Barclay earlier in the season and gave her many options to customize for players from different backgrounds. Workers implemented a popular construction bar with a variety of rice, pasta, soups and protein options.
“My priority is to meet the athletes,” says Barkley. Everyone has a different upbringing, a different relationship with food.
Learning from mistakes
Barkley’s own food voyage high school took a dangerous turn of course.
As a brilliant goalkeeper and senior captain for the football team, Barclay – then Woodki – decided to focus on a healthy diet at a time when little information was readily available. But ideas like having a big garden plate for dinner will suffice to follow her active lifestyle. In about three months, her 5-foot-8 frame dropped from 160 to 110 pounds.
She said her health was “from there,” and when Watson saw her at school, she remembered that Barclay had a hard time recognizing her. Finally, when she went to the doctor for a heart rate of 35 beats per minute, Meles suddenly quit her job and lost hope of playing football in college.
That obstacle brought Barclay to understand how much she cares about finding healthy ways to eat, and she developed a love for weight training to rebuild her strength. His quest for knowledge included cooking and grocery shopping, and for the first time, he passed it on to soccer players who were learning how to eat on their own.
In the first months of the COVID-19 epidemic, the dining room was closed and players were mostly locked in their homes. Greene, as usual, went above and beyond.
“You really made raw materials for us and sent us home step by step for the whole thing,” said Grane. She even zooms in and lets people have breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Barkley returned to Eisenhower four years ago to share her knowledge with high school football coach Greg Macmillan. She wants to do more, especially when boys – ages 2 and 4 – grow up.
At WSU, she takes the lead for young nutritionists, reminding them not to work too hard and not to burn too early. Barkley’s first man, Watson, returned to his job as an HV health and fitness specialist in Yakima for food advice, especially for his female clients.
“She’s great for WSU football,” Watson said. When it came to class 101 male athletes, the ability to control a class like a woman, this scared many people.
But for Barclay, that is exactly what she wanted to be.