Who cares about nutrition? Dr Andrea Braakhuis, USOC
Optimal nutrition for a track and field athlete is somewhat more difficult toquantify than you might expect.
What do we know to be true…….
Athletes need a good power to weight ratio2.
Performance in training/performance suffers once thirst kicks in.3.
Competition days are long and stressfulWhen it comes down it the factors vital to good performance are reliant onoptimal nutrition.However, we so often see T&F athletes surviving on McDonalds, cocoapops, fried food, and soda.Why is there a mismatch between the
perception on howimportant nutrition is, and the reality?
The athlete has had success on a poor diet2.
The athlete knows other athletes that have got away with it.3.
doesn’t value a good diet and therefore the athletethinks it’s OK.
The event is short and therefore the athlete doesn’
t believenutrition is important.5.
The athlete thinks their diet is better than it is.What is the likely outcome of a poor diet? Athletes with poor diets suffer shorter sporting careers Athletes prone to cramping, gut upsets, headaches because they
generally don’t eat well
What is optimal diet for a T&F athlete?
Resting Energy Expenditure for Athletes
Age Males Females10-18 (17.5 x body weight*) + 651 (12.2 x body weight*) + 74618-30 (15.3 x body weight*) + 679 (14.7 x body weight*) + 49630-60 (11.6 x body weight*) + 879 (8.7 x body weight*) + 829* Weight should be calculated in kilograms (kg). 1 kg= 2.2 poundsIf we use an example 20 year old female sprinter, weighing 121lbs(55kg) and male at (154lbs) 70kg, the BMR will be 1.3 and 17.5MJ.