Infuse Infuse 9 September 2019 - Page 21

S port is big business - elite teams are corporate entities, professional athletes have limited careers, and the every day runner is the target of sportswear brands. When interrupted time to training directly impacts athletic performance (and in some cases money), the role of a sports dietitian is to help minimize the risk of illness and injury. We asked Sports Dietitian Jessica Spendlove, who works with some of Australia’s leading professional sports teams to share her strategies on preventing and managing injury and illness in the athletic population. 1. Food First Image courtesy of GIANTS Media Ensuring athletes are at a minimum meeting Dietary Guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake, in particular vegetables, is instrumental to making sure athletes are healthy, and able to train and perform at their best. 2. Carbohydrates are King Ingesting carbohydrates during and after intense training, not only provides performance and recovery benefits, it also assists in reducing cortisol; the stress hormone elevated during intense exercise. This action can also help minimise the risk of certain illnesses including upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs). article continues overleaf... © Dietitian Connection 21 Infuse | September 2019