Sport nutrition for football players is becoming increasingly scientific. Almost every professional club and even most collegiate teams have a nutritionist for their team. Have you ever noticed that each year football players seem to get larger, faster, quicker, stronger and more agile? Why is that?
Is it due to genetics? Is it due to evolution of the human race? Is it the result of the training, like implementing the Power Athlete Program? Maybe it's the advancement in sports nutrition and supplementation? Or perhaps it is a combination of everything?
Why is sport nutrition important in football? Food provides us with energy for our muscles, other organs and your brain. Football requires a lot of exercise, therefore it is important to have energy available. A healthy diet improves our general level of health, and can help us recover more quickly from injuries. Along with a training program our diet can help us develop and improve athletic performance.
Easy Steps To Improve Your Diet:
- Eat breakfast. This is the most important meal of the day, so it should not be skipped.
- Reduce the amount of coffee, tea and cola that you drink, and replace them with water, fruit juice or other healthy drinks.
- Eat healthier snacks. Eat carrots, dry breakfast cereal, nuts, rice cakes, rye, crisp breads, bagels or toast rather than crisps, chocolate bars and sweets.
- Reduce sugary foods.
- Reduce your intake of fatty foods so reduce the amount of butter, margarine and chips that you eat.
- Drink plenty of fluids before practice, weight training or a game.
Football players are interested in increasing mass, enhancing recovery, improving energy, and burning fat. Most mistakenly believe that if a supplement is available over the counter it must be safe, legal and effective.
College athletic departments are particularly concerned about supplement use among athletes because of the potential for these supplements to be contaminated with banned substances.
Any student who tests positive for a banned substance such as anabolic steroids or ephedrine is ineligible for participation in regular season and post-season competition for one year. Be aware of that, OK?
Players need to know and want to know what dietary supplements they can use and how to use them appropriately. An important role of the sports nutritionist is to help athletes make informed decisions. We use sports drinks, energy bars and calorie replacement drinks that are compliant with NCAA regulations.
For example, to maximize recovery after lifting, players are given a high carbohydrate beverage (Gatorade Energy Drink) or energy bar immediately after exercise and a Gatorade Nutrition Shake 30 minutes later. We also provide players with a daily multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplement.
With the vast array of nutritional supplements on the market today it is no wonder that even experienced athletes are baffled as to which to use for performance and maximizing gains from weight training. Supplements are an essential part of gaining muscle, strength, size and even definition.
We get asked so many times; "What should I take?" Well, there are so many supplements to choose from, and so many manufacturers. And everyone is different, some are good and some are not so good. The supplements we've used over the years are many.
We train hard and heavy! We both need nutrients, and food doesn't always cover all that is needed especially in restricted diets like competition diets. These are just some of the reasons why we take supplements.
We also take certain supplements to help us train hard and recover quicker from our intense workouts.
We also need quality protein supplements to maintain our physiques for muscle growth and even recovery. This review is based solely on our professional opinion and experience.
The main Protein is ALLMAX ISOFlex Whey Protein or ALLMAX ALL Whey 42gram Protein. ISOFLEX is a Whey Protein Isolate Delivery System Formula. The Whey Protein Isolate Complex contains cold, cross-flow micro filtered whey protein isolate, 97% Whey Protein Isolate and Synermune Colostrum, a source of EGF (growth factor). ISOFLEX is also aspartame-free, non-GMO, instantized protein, which mixes easily and contains growth factors, IGF-1 and EGF.
Here are a couple other supplements we highly recommend and that should be a staple in your training programs. Glutamine is one, a big one (BUT, for only those in College)! Glutamine Complex includes naturally occurring glutamine peptides. AllMax Nutrition Micronized Glutamine comes in 400g - 1000g sizes. Also use Higher Power 1800 Glutamine Capsules by Bodybuilding.com if you cannot choke down the powder. These are two GREAT Glutamine products!
As an elite athlete you need a top of the line Multi-Vitamin/mineral. Universal ANIMAL Pack is your #1 choice.
Universal Liver Pill's are another staple to any training regimen. The Universal Liver Pills come in 250 and 500 count ... Liver pills are high in B-vitamins and are great for various health reasons. The next most important supplement to add to your training is a good amino acid.
Beverly International MASS amino acid pills (Not for High School athletes) are in my personal opinion the best on the market. Most of the time we do not get all our aminos in each meal, so to help this and to get full saturation into the lymph one must take a good amino acid profile with each meal.
Getting better on the gridiron is all about the proper nutrition, supplementation and training. Nutrition is the only tool that can compensate for the abuse we put our bodies through. Here is one simple way to help maximize your training ... Protein and more protein. Take 1.2 g per pound of bodyweight, also up your caloric intake on a weekly basis this will help you go from a 200-pounder size Large to XXL!
Some of you out there cannot afford to get all your supplements month after month so my advice is this, save your money and do it ALL OUT for one month. Yep, get all your supplements for one month so to saturate your system. Remember to go all out hard core balls to the walls training during this month too. Do your supplements, nutrition, weight training and speed drills right for one month and watch your performance levels and physique change.