General nutrition in tennis

General nutrition in tennis
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Tennis is a game that can bring many health benefits to its participants. But like many other sports, it is not without its costs. Games and frequent drills and practices take their tolls on a player’s body. Lots of rest, low stress levels, and a good nutrition intake are all important factor that help to keep a tennis player at his or her best. But just as sports are very different, so to are the nutrition requirements for players participating in them. So in the case of tennis, what is considered proper nutrition for getting players through those games, drills, and practice sessions?

Modern tennis is a much more athletic, fast moving game then it was when it originated. And studies have shown that energy levels are different and thus stress on the body, when a player is participating in practice drills as opposed to an actual match. So while nutritional requirements may vary depending on what a tennis player is doing, what is good general nutrition advice for a tennis player?

As with most sports, protein intake is important. However, a player shouldn’t overdo this. Moderate protein intake is fine for drills and practice sessions. This translates to a protein energy bar or fruit yogurt. Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and even during practice or drills, stay well hydrated. Avoid beverages with caffeine during practices and games as they cause a loss in body fluids through urination. And good general sports nutrition means not skipping meals, so always eat a balanced breakfast. While you want to increase protein intake before matches, avoid red meat, opting instead for turkey and other choices. And win or lose, after a match, replenish your body with a variety of foods, including carbohydrates. Stay away from bread though, and munch on pasta and crackers.