It’s not a secret that 70% of success in sport arena depends on balanced nutritional status of an athlete. We all understand the importance of an energy balanced, nutrient dense diet and it’s our job, as sport nutritionists, to analyze nutrients intake, metabolism and utilization by taking into consideration physical and mental load, conditions, and unique body makeup of an athlete.
For anyone who takes sport seriously, it’s not always fun to run, lift weights, participate in sprint and conditioning drills, and endlessly practice to become good at a sport. It also isn’t always easy to eat a well-designed diet to optimize performance and recovery. However, these are key principles of preparing to perform to the best capability:
• Nutrient load / Hydration
• Physical / Mental recovery
Optimizing training by providing well-timed nutrients and use of various nutritional supplements (e.g.,sports drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate/protein supplements, creatine, L-Carnitine, caffeine, rhodiola, ginseng, etc) can help optimize performance and training adaptations. Application of performance enhancement nutritional strategies doesn’t make it easier to train, it helps to train harder, recover faster, and may help reduce the incidence of overtraining. It helps optimize energy availability so you can exercise longer and at higher intensities. This is not a short-cut to training but a way to help the body tolerate higher levels of training and a smart way of preparing for a competition.
Some exercise physiologists only consider a supplement ergogenic if studies show that the supplement significantly enhances exercise performance. On the other hand, some feel that if a supplement helps prepare an athlete to perform or enhances recovery, it has the potential to improve training adaptations and therefore should be considered ergogenic. We should take a broader view about the ergogenic value of supplements concentrating not only on single bout of exercise, but also on the ability to help athletes to tolerate training to a greater degree and maintain healthy bodies.
Of course the key is to know what kind of supplements to take (here a mindful advise of an experienced nutritionist comes to play) and their source. It’s well known fact that supplement industry is not well regulated. That’s why athletes have to select companies that manufacture their products as they were an over-the-counter drug. These companies follow what is known as pharmaceutical-grade Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), offering the assurance that what they have listed on the label is in fact what is in the bottle.
This website is intended to provide information and is not intended to replace medical advice.
For more information or consultation please contact:
Tatiana Armero t.647-500-0053 or email
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