Lacrosse Nutrition

Lacrosse Nutrition Often called “the fastest sport on two legs,” lacrosse varies from low to very high intensities, relying on all the major energy systems. Elite lacrosse athletes need a combination of physical and mental traits to be successful: strength, speed, agility, and endurance, quick reaction time, fine motor skills, and sharp focus. Improper diet or refueling can lead to deficiencies in these areas as well as leaving the athlete vulnerable to injury. Fueling for lacrosse requires consistency to keep up with the demands of the sport. Whether it is because of a lack of time or neglect, many athletes skip meals and fail to hydrate fully, leading to fatigue, heavy legs and muscle cramps. Having a plan in place for fueling and hydrating will ensure that your body stays strong and recovers well through all phases of training. Nutrition for Lacrosse The primary fuel for a lacrosse player during competition is carbohydrates. In order to compete optimally a lacrosse player requires 40 to 60 percent of their daily caloric intake to come from carbohydrates, 20-40% from protein and 15-25% percent from fat. In other words, your diet should be nearly 50% carbohydrates and 50% protein & fats, with an emphasis on healthy fats. Not all carbohydrates are created equal.  A whole wheat bagel is a better option than a doughnut. Pasta and sweat potatoes should be chosen over fried foods...

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