Saturday, February 16, 2008
Nutrition affects performance and Training
Figure skating is a sport that requires both body form and physical endurance, yet many female athletes have diets that are low in energy and nutrients. To meet the nutritional needs of physical activity and health, an athlete's training diet should provide at least 55-60% of total energy from carbohydrate, 12 to 15% from protein, and 25 to 30% from fat. It is important to have healthy eating habits and proper nutrition for optimal growth, development, and performance.
Nutrition is a very important aspect in becoming a well-rounded figure skater. Skaters need lots of carbohydrates, for optimal energy. It's not necessarily good for a skater to be on in any diet. As long as there isn't an abuse of fatty foods. It is better not to eat fried foods.
Nutrition & the Figure Skater
To be successful in ladies' freestyle skating, a skater needs to be able to do triple jumps. Obviously, it is a lot easier to do those moves if you are smaller. This is difficult; however, because if a skater loses too much weight, they will lose muscle, and therefore they are not as strong. The legs which are supposed to look the best on the ice may not have enough stamina to launch the skater high enough into the air! It becomes frustrating.
A typical breakfast for a figure skater should consist of cereal and milk and a piece of fruit, followed with a lot of small meals all day. Any athlete --skaters, or otherwise, for instance --who is practicing two or three hours a day may require 4,000 calories, while a non athlete may not need half that many. An athlete who is active burns up the calories really quickly.
The objective is getting enough to eat, You need vitamins, and if you don't get enough calcium for instance, there is chance of stress fractures and slower healing of bones. With low calorie intakes, iron and zinc are particularly low. The skaters feel sluggish and have lower aerobic capacity. They are more prone to injury. There is no need to deprive yourself.
Figure skaters and other athletes should replenish calories after performing or practicing, wether they feel like eating. Spacing meals is important, as well. If an athlete starts to tire out midway through a game or competition, it's probably due to little nnutrition.
Nutrition and physical training are connected.In order to maintain optimal hydration status and the onset of fatigue,The athelete must be properly fueled; and this will enable him/her to train longer. Also, although the stress of exercise training stimulates physiological improvement, adaptations to physical stress actually occur in the recovery period following the exercise sessions. Satisfying an athlete's needs for refueling, and rest are essential components of the recovery process.
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