Healthy eating is the back bone of a fit and trim volleyball player. A diet which is high in carbohydrate and protein is important to maintain strength and agility throughout the day. Every player will have individual requirements and these will be determined by frequency of training and playing, the weather conditions and the size to the athlete. Eating and drinking throughout training sessions and competitions can assist with meeting nutritional requirements and replenish carbohydrate stores and maintaining muscle mass.
Individual sweat losses and weather conditions are the main factors in determining someone fluids requirements. It is important to maintain regular hydration and replace any fluid debt, particularly during longer games and hotter weather, for optimal concentration. Water is a good option and for those hotter days and heavy sweaters sports drink or an electrolyte replacement may assist.
A meal or snack should be consumed 1-2 hours prior to the start of the playing. It is important to choose food that sits well in your stomach.
Some high carbohydrate choices are:
- Jam or honey sandwich
- Yoghurt and fruit
- Rice pudding
- Sustagen Sport
- Fruit smoothie
- Cereal Bar