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Sports Nutrition

Prepared by: Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Reviewed by: Australasian Sport Information Network
Last updated: 13 October 2020
Content disclaimer: See Clearinghouse for Sport disclaimer

Sports nutrition involves the science and practice of eating to promote optimal health and performance.  It plays an important role in supporting the performance of elite athletes.

The athlete’s background diet should meet their needs for growth and function—with special attention to the intake of nutrients (both timing and quantity) that support the fuel and fluid needs of training, and promote recovery and adaptation. The everyday training diet should support the athlete to stay healthy, maintain optimal body composition and support desirable physiological adaptations to training.

Key areas of research and practice

While there are a number of ways in which nutrition can impact the health and performance of athletes some key areas of research and application include:

Resources

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