Unfortunately, there is no nutritional “magic bullet” that will ensure peak performance. Likewise there is no “one size fits all” approach. No two athletes are the same and no two situations are the same. A host of factors affect how a player should eat. Training status, weather, playing schedule and personal preferences all influence the athlete’s diet. What works for one player under one set of circumstances may or may not work for another player in a different situation. A well-rested player with a match early in the morning should take a different strategy than a player playing his third match of the weekend on a hot, humid Sunday afternoon. However, the underlying fundamentals of proper nutrition do apply to all players.
This book isn't simply a collection of diet do’s and don’ts. What you will find is a set of fundamental principles, built on scientific research that will guide you through the nutritional challenges of training and competing. By having these tools in hand, players will be able to decide for themselves what to eat and when to eat. No matter what situation arises, players should be able to roll with the nutritional punches and properly prepare themselves for competition.
- The Importance of Energy
- Energy and Fatigue
- Daily Nutrition: Maintaining Muscle Glycogen
- Match-Day Strategies
- Recovery: Replenishing Muscle Glycogen
- Tournament Strategies
- Eating on the Run
- The Importance of Hydration
- Are Supplements Needed?
A sample chapter can be viewed here: Recovery: Replenishing Muscle Glycogen
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