Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

Prepared by : Christine May, Senior Research Consultant, Clearinghouse for Sport
Last updated : 06 July 2019
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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.

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