NUTRITION PROGRAMMING AND MONITORING
Supplements & Sports Foods
For Team Sports
Like most athletes, team sport athletes are often interested in the potential ergogenic edge that could be gained by means of special supplements. The proposed ergogenic supplements, creatine is the one that has been investigated the most in relation with team sports, given that its purported ergogenic action (i.e. enhanced recovery of the phosphocreatine power system) matches the activity profile of team sports. Various investigations indicate that both acute and chronic creatine supplementation may contribute to improved training and competition performance in team sports.
A mismatch between the carbohydrate needs of training and competition and dietary intake can be a cause of poor performance in team sports. There are few studies of the fuel demands of team sport players during training or competition, with the available evidence being focused on the match play of soccer players. Significant muscle glycogen depletion has been shown to occur over the course of a football match, with reduced fuel stores being associated with a reduction in the distance covered and/or running speed during the second half of a match.