A look at Rugby Nutrition


By Falcons Admin
June 10 2020

Nutrition is a key part of any sport, and rugby is no exception. Known for its raw physicality and high-impact tackles, rugby places huge demands on its athletes. Along with training, nutrition is important for supporting training goals.   A nutritionist’s job is to act as a consultant for a player or team, designing and planning a nutrition schedule that takes into account the unique demands and output of each player. They help explain the how and why to rugby players when it comes to food. Check out below what a Rugby player can discover from their nutritionist:

Water

Hydration is a vital aspect of sports nutrition that is easy to underestimate. Fortunately, nutritionists help pick up on overlooked areas of nutrition. 

Important points about water:

Carbohydrates:

Unlike endurance and distance based sports, rugby requires a high degree of explosive power. Carbohydrates are good for providing energy, some carbohydrates can be broken down rapidly, thus causing the sugars they contain to be absorbed quickly. If your glycogen stores are already full this may promote fat gain.

Unrefined carbohydrates (food in its natural state: brown rice, vegetables, fruits, wholemeal and wholegrain foods) take longer to be digested due to the fibre they contain, slowing down the rate sugars are released into the blood.

If you eat refined carbohydrates e.g. white bread, white pasta etc, sugar is quickly released into the blood which sends your body into insulin producing mode, a hormone which is designed to store glucose. If you haven’t been training, you’ll have no glycogen to store and it may instead cause fat to be stored instead.

When it comes to carbs, it can be recommended that:

Protein

Protein is the building block of the human body and the thing all sports supplement companies discuss. Natural protein occurring in food can help with muscle growth.

Other key points you should note:

Fats

A word that many misunderstand, fats are actually very good for the body and an essential part of nutrition.

There are ‘good fats’ with are polyunsaturated fats such as Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. ‘Bad’ fats are saturated fats, while ‘ugly’ fats are chemically altered hydrogenated, trans-fats.

It’s also good to follow these tips:

Habits Instilled By Nutritionists

As well as understanding their food, players have their diets planned and their food-related lifestyles looked after by nutritionists.

These are rules that have been set for Rugby players:

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Article Credit:  Extra protein intake can be consumed with sports supplements such as those in the Maximuscle sustain and rebuild range.

 

 

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A look at Rugby Nutrition
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Date: 10/06/2020 16:21

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Re: A look at Rugby Nutrition
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Date: 10/06/2020 18:10

Beer is about 99% water.

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