Fueling Football Players

Good nutrition can help build muscle mass, increase speed, decrease body fat, gain weight, provide optimal recovery, and fuel performance. Football season is right around the corner and the time to dial in the nutrition and training programs is in the spring months.  Learn the key fueling strategies by meeting with a Sports Dietitian to help meet 100% of your nutritional and performance needs.

Fueling Strategies

Football players spend several hours each day in training and conditioning (including weight training) and practice for about 2 hours a day during the preseason. Preseason football can be very intense, with two-a-day practices held in the summer in hot, humid conditions. Nutrition needs depend on the position played and body composition, but general principles of good nutrition and hydration are beneficial for all football players. The competitive season usually lasts 3 to 4 months, culminating in playoffs and championship games!  Football players who are trying to gain weight should eat 5 to 6 times each day and be sure to eat after weight- training sessions and practice to aid recovery. Football players who are trying to improve body composition by losing body fat should use the off-season to reduce calories for weight loss.

The nutrients that provide energy (calories) are carbohydrate, protein, and fat. The amounts of each nutrient you need to fuel your practice and competition are  individualized and given at a Nutrition Assessment with H2O Nutrition.

Schedule a Nutrition Assessment today!

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