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Frequently Asked Questions About Tennis Nutrition

February 12, 2008 02:32 PM

By Jim Brown, PhD, Editor, Sports Performance Journal (coreperformance.com)

We get lots of questions about tennis in general and about tennis nutrition in particular. Here is a sample of those questions and answers provided by sports nutritionists around the country.

Eating Before Working Out

Q - I want to start working out in the morning. Should I eat before of after working out? I am not a real big breakfast guy. - Lance

A – “It is important to get a little something before you go out there and train for tennis. Think of this more along the lines of a pre-workout snack. Two slices of toast with peanut butter and a banana, yogurt with cereal mixed in, a protein shake, or some type of bar that you like – Myoplex Lite, Cliff, Power Bar, etc. Make sure that you wash everything down with about 20 ounces of water. Try to grab this pre-workout fuel boost about an hour prior to your workout. With the fuel and fluids, you will feel better during your workout. Don’t forget to get your post workout meal or snack within 30 minutes of finishing your session.” - Amanda Carlson, MS, RD, Director of Performance Nutrition, Athletes’ Performance, Phoenix, AZ

Post-Workout Meal

Q - What should I do about a post-workout meal? Thanks for your help. - Fred

A – Eat the post-workout meal immediately after practicing, playing, or training, and then have your breakfast as snack number one about two hours after your post-workout meal. If this doesn’t work, have breakfast immediately after your workout and make the post-workout meal your snack number one.

Fluids During Play

Q – How much fluid should I drink during intensive practice or during a match?

A – Page Love, MS, RD, LD, a nationally-recognized sports nutritionist based in Atlanta, says, “To keep tennis players performing at their best, encourage fluid consumption every 15 minutes and especially at changeovers. Players should consume 5-10 oz. of fluid (sports drinks containing 17g/8oz carbohydrates and electrolytes are ideal) every 15-20 minutes for optimal hydration and performance.”

For More Information

Q - What are some websites where I can get more information about tennis nutrition?
A – Try these sites:

www.usta.com/juniors/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=28344
www.athletes.com/fun/tennisnut.htm

www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/content/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=114720&itype=7418

www.active.com/tennis/Articles/Nutrition_and_Hydration_Tips_for_Tennis.htm

www.coreperformance.com

 

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