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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


MARTINEZ RENON, Cristian  and  SANCHEZ COLLADO, Pilar. Nutritional study of a third division soccer team. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2013, vol.28, n.2, pp.319-324. ISSN 1699-5198.

Objective: To analyze the nutritional habits and attitudes of a semiprofessional soccer team. Method: Nutritional study of 21 semiprofessional soccer players (18-35 years) by analyzing the daily energy intake and expenditure also the distribution of macro and micronutrients, differentiated type of day (normal, training or competition). Results: The energy balance is negative in the three days studied (- 31%, - 38% and -31% respectively). There were significant differences in caloric intake between the day of competition, a normal day and a day of training. These differences are observed both in absolute values (2,438 kcal vs 2,127 y 2,221 kcal respectively) as referring to body weight (30.5 kcal/kg vs 27 y 28 kcal/kg respectively). Regarding macronutrient intake, the samples eat a diet with an insufficient amount of carbohydrates (328 g vs 371 and 540 g recommended in function of physical activity). There were no significant differences in the composition of micronutrients. Conclusions: The football players studied show a negative energy balance with a diet low in carbohydrates. This poor nutritional status may interfere with the development of their sporting performance and, ultimately, increase the risk of lesions. This implies the need for design and implementation of a diet and introducing nutritional education programs for these athletes.

Keywords : Nutritional requirements; Soccer; Dietary record; Macronutrient and analysis.

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