Home > Recovery & Regeneration, Uncategorized > Impact of Diet on Game Performance

Impact of Diet on Game Performance

Reference:

Souglis AG, Chryssanthopoulos C, Travlos AK, Zorzou AE, Gissis I, Papadopoulos C, Sotiropoulos A (2012) The effect of high vs. low carbohydrate diets on distances covered in soccer, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3182792147

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23168373

A summary of this recent article can be accessed at the following blog site:

http://www.scienceofsocceronline.com/2012/12/does-diet-affect-match-performance.html

 Brief Summary:

In short, the researchers compared the effects of a high carbohydrate diet to a low carbohydrate diet on measures of work load during a soccer match.  Players consumed either the high (8 g CHO per Kg body mass) or low (3 CHO per Kg body mass) carbohydrate diet for 3.5 days prior to a scheduled game.  An estimated energy and macronutrient content of the prescribed diets during the intervention period for a 70-Kg player is listed below.

High CHO Diet Low CHO Diet
Total Kcal 2869 2873
Carbohydrate (g) 565 212
Fat (g) 44 95
Protein (g) 85 95

Distances traveled during the match were recorded using GPS devices.  Players who consumed high carbohydrate diets traveled significantly greater distances during the soccer match compared to those who consumed a low carbohydrate diet:

  • Total distance covered over entire game: 13% greater in high carbohydrate players
  • Total distance covered in first half: 12% greater in high carbohydrate players
  • Total distance covered in second half: 16% greater in high carbohydrate players

These findings provide insight into the importance of diet / nutrition to actual game related performance.

Advertisements
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: