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Proper sports nutrition is critical for any athlete’s development program. Whenever highly talented, motivated and well-trained athletes meet in competition, the margin between victory and defeat is small. Attention to detail can make that vital difference. Diet affects performance, and our eating and drinking patterns will influence how well we train and whether we compete at our best.

All athletes need to be aware of their personal nutrition goals and of how they can select an eating strategy to meet those goals. Athletics covers a wide range of sports which require varying inputs of technique, strength, power, speed and endurance. Each athlete is also different, and there is no single diet that meets the needs of all athletes at all times. Individual needs also change across the season and athletes must be flexible to accommodate this. Diet may have its biggest impact on training, and a good diet will help support consistent intensive training while limiting the risks of illness or injury. Good food choices can also promote adaptations to the training stimulus. Getting the right amount of energy to stay healthy and to perform well is essential. Consuming too much energy increases body fat. If athletes do not eat enough, performance falls, injuries are more likely to occur, and illness results.

Shore Sports Academy can help.