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Performance Nutrition

  • What happens to a car if it runs out of fuel?...................that's right it won't work!!
  • What happens to a bike chain if it runs dry?................correct again, it will break!

 

Now here's the hard one:

What happens to a football player who doesn't fuel his body (eat enough) or lets his body run dry (poor hydration) during camp? Their bodies won't work right (tight muscles, cramps) and can eventually break (pulled hamstring, hip flexor ect.)

 

***All the calories you burn throughout the day MUST be replaced just to maintain weight and keep your body functioning properly***

 

Here's an example of two players

BAD DIET

Player 1

#00

Position: Running Back

 

Calories eaten throughout the day:

 

Breakfast-      500 calories

Lunch-            0 (slept through)    Missed Meal

Snack-            400 calories

Dinner-          1500 calories

 

TOTAL =      2400 calories 

 

Calories used throughout the day:

 

Lifting used-                                                 450 calories  

Walking around Campus used-                    350 calories

One Practice used-                                       1600 calories

Amount body uses to function daily-          2000 calories

 

TOTAL CALORIES USED=             4400

 

Player #1  has a HUGE PROBLEM: He has used 2000 more calories than he has taken in!!!!!

 

If he continues this he will lose 3lbs per week (MOSTLY MUSCLE MASS)

 

Breaking down muscle will:

  • FATIGUE
  • INJURY
  • POOR performance

 

 

 


GOOD DIET

Player 2

#01

Position: Running Back

 

Calories eaten throughout the day:

 

Breakfast-      1000 calories

Lunch-           1200 calories (the difference)

Snack-            800 calories

Dinner-          2000 calories

 

TOTAL =      5000 calories 

 

Calories used throughout the day:

 

Lifting-                                                 450 calories  

Walking around Campus-                    350 calories

One Practice-                                      1600 calories

Amount body uses to function daily-  2000calories

 

TOTAL CALORIES USED=             4400

 

Player #2 has taken in 600 more calories than his body used throughout the day.

 

These excess calories will provide his body with extra fuel which will:

 

  • Help to Maintain muscle mass
  • Maintain Energy level
  • Repair Muscles
  • Increase recovery time between practices
  • HELP MAINTAIN PERFORMANCE

 

 

EAT! HYDRATE!      DO NOT MISS A MEAL   EAT! HYDRATE!