“Nutrition is massively important if you want to train at your best.”
Geraint Thomas, 2018 Tour de France Champion
As the demands of training and game day are high, it is essential to fuel your bodies not only to replenish what you will lose in a given session, but also to ensure your body can maintain normal healthy function for the rest of the day. As such the amount of food we need to consume is in general, far higher than is currently being consumed. This is particularly important for our women and junior girls teams, as energy deficiency (not enough fueling) has been found in almost 90% of female athletes.
Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) in athletes can lead to:
- Disrupted menstrual cycle and fertility issues in females
- Increased risk of stress fractures, which may require up to 8 weeks of rest
- Decreased knee muscle strength, and therefore increased risk of muscle strains
By contrast, eating enough will:
- Support growth and development
- Enhance adaptation to training
- Improve mood and focus
- Minimise injury and illness
- Protect bones and fertility
Take home message: A good snack before playing, and a large nutritious meal after training and game day will go a long way! If you’re unsure if you’re eating enough, speak to your parents, your coach, or your team physio and we can put you in contact with a sports dietician and make sure you’re performing at your best.
Webinar – Fuel For Success
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