Row fast…row fueled…row happy!
The articles listed below are intended to provide a resource for parents and rowers. Feed your rower at home according to these guidelines for optimal nutrition and performance.
Why is Nutrition for Athletes So Important?
Athletes with eating disorders are suffering from metabolic injuries. From detrimental consequences to the athlete’s complete wellbeing and sports health to their overall sports performance, medical complications can affect every organ system, read more about the Effects of Athlete Eating Disorders.
- Athletes can sometimes perform well despite having a serious eating disorder, but eventually, the athlete’s eating disorder begins to affect the athlete both physically and psychologically.
- Following a period of intense dieting, VO and speed usually decrease.
- Inadequate carbohydrate intake results in early glycogen depletion and fatigue.
- Inadequate carbohydrate intake results in increased use of protein as fuel.
- Inadequate protein intake for athletes with eating disorders can lead to muscle weakness, wasting, and injury (increased risk of musculoskeletal injuries due to the inability to build/repair muscle tissue damage).
- Dehydration leads to fatigue, poorer performance, and earlier glycogen depletion.
- Symptomatic athletes are apt to be malnourished, dehydrated, depressed, anxious, and obsessed (with eating, food, and weight). Most athletes with eating disorders find they lose concentration and the capacity to play with emotion, in addition to the negative effects on the athlete’s physiology.
What you should know about Energy Demands: Energy Availability from the NCAA