The Importance of Nutrition for Athletes
For athletes consuming the appropriate types of nutrition is just as important as your training sessions and the amount of time that you spend practicing your particular sport. As an athlete without the proper fuel and nourishment that your body needs, you will not be able to obtain your full athletic ability and will be more susceptible to fatigue and injury. In order to realize the full benefits of a performance training program, you need to consume a diet that is nutrient dense and is consumed every three to four hours. Your meal plan should consist of balanced portions of Carbohydrates, Fats and Proteins. The amount of time and energy that an athlete puts into their performance, will only be as good as the type of food that they’re using to fuel their performance. One of the main factors for the onset of fatigue during competition is the reduction of carbohydrates from an athlete’s diet. Carbohydrates provide our bodies with the energy that we need to perform during our chosen sport. Without consuming the proper amount of carbohydrates prior to and during competition, your body will run out of fuel and shut down regardless of how well the athlete may be trained. This can lead to cramping, dizziness and fatigue, which could cause the athlete to miss time from his or her chosen sport.