Nutrition and the Injured Athlete
by Anna Ozias
Injuries and Nutrition
Nutrition may not help avoid injuries, but it can help the athlete recover.
An athlete needs the daily amount of energy.
Dehydration is one of the worst possible conditions for an athlete and they should follow a hydration schedule.
During rehab and recovery, the nutrient needs are similar to the needs of muscle growth.
An injured athlete should focus on balancing their energy. Calories are necessary for recovery and if you consume too few, it could cause the recovery process to slow down. Although you should decrease your calorie intake to prevent weight gain.
Injured athletes should focus on avoiding foods with high amounts of simple sugars and dietary fats. These foods are less nutrient-dense than whole foods.
Athletes should eat every 3-4 hours.
Athletes should be reminded to talk to their athletic trainer or doctor about their food intake.