Hydration is a major component of nutrition and should never be forgotten about. Outside of summer and competition season, hydration status can usually return to normal levels after a training session through your normal intake of fluids and foods. During the competition season in particular […]
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It can be a real challenge for student and young athletes to get proper nutrition at a tight budget and very little free time. Due to these constraints many athletes compromise on their nutrition, which may very well have some negative effects on their […]
Elite sprinters are required to travel interstate and overseas regularly to find quality competition opportunities. While this can be exciting, it can also be stressful. It is often hard to meet nutritional needs in unfamiliar surroundings, especially when time and finances are limited. Unusual foods, […]
A sprint is a short running race in the track and field competition. There are generally three different sprint distances: 100m, 200m, and 400m. The outdoor 100m sprint usually takes around 10-15 seconds to complete, depending on sprint ability. These races are largely based upon the athlete’s ability to accelerate to his or her maximum speed in the quickest time possible. Unlike the 100m race which requires pure explosive power, a 200m runner must maintain this speed and have “speed endurance”, since the race lasts between 20-30 seconds. The 400m race is a sprint around the track in the stadium and is usually completed in 45-60 seconds. While maximum sprint speed is important in this race, athletes also require substantial speed endurance due to the relatively long time frame of this sprint event.
To compete at a high level, sprint athletes need their nutrition to be on point so they have enough energy to stick to a demanding training schedule, yet they don’t eat so much they gain body fat, which can affect performance. As a sprint athlete, you need to have a low body fat level while still maintaining muscle mass to generate power, so calories are one of the most important aspects for sprinters to consider. Unlike endurance running, which favours athletes with lean frames, sprinting favours athletes who exert a short burst of power. As a sprinter, you need to obtain enough carbohydrates and fat in your diet to maintain your energy level and enough protein to meet the increased demands of training. Consuming a balanced diet, tailored to your performance in both training and competition, is key to competing at a high level.