Author: Shruti Samant 1 & Krutika Nanavati 2

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  1. M.Phil., PhD Microbiology, MM College of Arts, NM Institute of Science, HRJ College of Commerce, Mumbai, India
  2.  M.Sc. Sports Nutrition,  Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, Mumbai, India

Poor nutrition intake, dehydration, and fatigue are some of the most common causes of a decrease in the performance during the football training sessions. This study analyzed the food intake pattern and measured the effect of an 8-week nutrition intervention to improve the performance of 12-14 years old male players playing at club level during training days. A 3-Day dietary recall estimated that the 13 players had poor energy intake, excessive protein intake, and optimal fat and carbohydrate intake. Fitness assessments comprising of 20 m shuttle test (endurance), test for muscle endurance (plank), functional test (Glute Bridge), and test for speed (10 m sprint) were conducted (152.6 ± 8.1 cm, 39.2 ± 6.23 kgs, and 16.6 ± 1.65 kg/m2) before and after the intervention. The nutrition intervention comprised of pre, during and post-training meals in the form of sports drinks (6% CHO), dates and bananas for carbohydrates and cottage cheese and egg whites for proteins as the 2-hour training sessions included warm-up, functional training, skill training, and small durations of a practice match. At the end of 8 weeks the aerobic capacity improved from 40.4 ± 6.01 to 45.0 ± 2.7 ml O2/kg/min and the muscle endurance improved from 96.8 ± 52.9 to 165 ± 76.5 seconds.

Keywords – Fitness, Performance, Endurance, Nutrition, Carbohydrate, and Protein.


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