How Athletes Food Choices Effect Endurance And Recovery

Athletes Food Controls Performance And Recovery

Athletes’ food choices before and after workouts will effect how their body operates while training. This being said, athletes in different sports will want to organize their nutrition differently to match the time and intensity required by their sport.

The Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints is a drill which will help to illustrate how different athletes will recover at different rates depending on the intensity, recovery time allowed, and what an athletes food choices are. We will go over how to perform the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints as it will be referenced back to several times.



Sports And Nutrition Drills

To perform the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints athletes will need two Ballistic Bands, 4-8 Speed and Agility Cones, and a partner to anchor the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints Drill. Athletes will place 1-2 Speed and Agility Cones as a starting line, then place additional Speed and Agility Cones 20 yards, 30 yards, and 40 yards away from the starting Speed and Agility Cone line.

Athletes will then take their Ballistic Bands and loop them together. This can be done by wrapping one Ballistic Bands through the middle of the other Ballistic Band, then looping that same Ballistic Band back through itself, pulling it tight to finish the loop. Athletes will want to challenge themselves during the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints and can do so by having additional resistance levels of Ballistic Bands available to use.

Once the Speed and Agility Cones have been set and the Ballistic Bands have been attached athletes will wrap one of the Ballistic Band loops around their waist as they line up at the starting line of Speed and Agility Cones. Partners will secure the opposite Ballistic Band loop in both hands as they anchor their feet into the ground. Partners need to remember they help control the intensity of the Ballistic Band Drag Sprints by how much resistance they give their partner. If they see an athlete running out of gas and really struggling they should lessen their resistance to allow the athlete to maintain good running form throughout the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints.

Athletes will complete 10 Anchor Drag Sprints at 20 yards, 5 Anchor Drag Sprints at 30 yards, and 2 Anchor Drag Sprints at 40 yards. Athletes may also perform 1-2 additional unresisted sprints at each distance following the completion of all resisted Ballistic Band Drag Sprints.

While performing the Ballistic Band Drag Sprints athletes should focus on good running mechanics as they pump their arms and work to be quick and powerful with every step.

Athletes Food And Endurance

So the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints are not a sports specific drill. The Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints are designed to be used by any athlete to increase speed, stride turnover, and leg power. But in order to use this Drag Sprint Drill to increase speed and endurance athletes must ask themselves what sport they are training for.

For example, a baseball player and a tennis player would perform the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints very differently. A baseball player would more than likely perform Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints with a high load (lots of resistance) with long periods of recovery. This will help to build up overall speed which will help steal a base, or make a spectacular catch in the outfield. Whereas a tennis player goes through dozens and dozens of high intensity bouts of speed and agility followed by short breaks until the next ball is served. Although a tennis player may benefit from higher loads and longer rest periods they will also greatly benefit from medium amounts of resistance followed by rest periods which mimic those they would receive during a regular tennis match.

Therefore, athletes should correlate their amount of resistance and rest periods with what their sport specifically demands for and what kind of energy production and tempo is required to be successful in that sport. These same differences in training tempos and intensities can be seen in an athletes food choices as well.

Athletes Food And Recovery

Just as athletes will perform the Ballistic Bands Drag Sprints differently they will also eat differently before and after workouts. Athletes who need to maintain a certain competition weight will have to be much more strict in their control of carbohydrates and overall calorie consumption. This of course should be times and last for a short period of time to avoid decreases in performance.

Athletes who participate in high endurance sports like track and field, soccer, or lacrosse will need to make sure they are consuming enough carbohydrates and overall calories to support these high amounts of activity. Sports and nutrition will play a big role in an athletes’ success and ability to help their team. Also, depending on an athletes ideal bodyweight for their sport and position, they will need to be sure they are consuming a proper amount of protein in their diet.

Protein is the macro nutrient which the body breaks down and uses to rebuild tissue, help with energy transport, and many other important functions in the body. Lack of protein in an athletes diet will not allow the body to recover properly, leading to decreased workout and performance, along with possible injuries to muscles, ligaments, and bones.

Athletes who participate in sports like football, basketball, baseball, or volleyball are more than likely going to be bigger athletes. More body mass or height can help a running back run over a linebacker, or a tall power forward can grab a rebound over a smaller guard. These larger bodies need to be fueled and fueled well to continue to perform and grow. Athletes’ food is what powers the body and the more mass an athlete has the more energy the body will need to move quickly and powerfully. These athletes should be consuming a larger amount of protein and overall calories throughout the day. Therefore, athletes must understand their sport, the energy required to be competitive, and then understand the food choices that are required to support this level of training and performance for their sport.


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