Optimal nutrition is an important aspect of any athlete’s preparation to achieve optimal health and performance. Published literature often focuses on male athletes, leaving out specific advice for females. Women differ from men not only in size, but in body composition and hormonal balance. They also differ from one another – highlighting the individuality of any nutritional approaches.
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The demand of an elite player is heightened during winter period, with a congested fixture list- usually around Christmas and the New Year. Chelsea FC have 5 games in 15 days this year, including 3 away games in 7 days. This provides a challenge for nutritionists and physical performance coaches to help players prepare, recover and prevent injuries.
It’s well known that the body’s thirst response is reduced throughout the winter months, when it’s darker and colder. The body doesn’t feel like it needs as much fluid as it would normally in ambient/warm temperatures. It is debated that once you are thirsty, you are already in a dehydrated state – so building a plan is key for successful performance.