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An Introduction to Netball Nutrition

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In any sport, to perform at your best you need to ensure that you eat correctly and take on board the appropriate vitamins, minerals and food groups. This applies not only to preparing for actual matches or competitions but also for training sessions. Netball is no different to any other sport.

According to the
NHS you should aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet whatever your activity level, as this will provide you with all the nutrients you need.

Before a Match

Try to eat your last main meal two to three hours before your match, taking on board a small amount of protein, such as lean meat, and a larger amount of carbohydrate, such as pasta or potato. This will give your body chance to absorb the slow release energy carbohydrates provide whilst also regulating your blood sugar levels.

In the hour before the match you might want to snack on something that your body will be able to digest quickly that is also high in carbohydrates, so you could try wholemeal bread with peanut butter, fruit or porridge. Try to avoid fatty and high fibre foods.


During Training

Training doesn’t just mean the actual time you spend working out or in drill sessions themselves. In between sessions you need think about what you eat and drink if you want to keep your body in tip top condition. Iron is an important mineral for netball players as its helps to make red blood cells and carry oxygen round your body, helping with your mental and physical agility. Good sources of iron include lean red meat, wholegrains and most leafy green vegetables.

So, whether you’re training session is purely fitness work or you’re working with a netball drill training video such as those provided by
sportplan.net, it’s important to prepare in advance to get the most from your training.

During Exercise

Finally, don’t forget that it’s also important to consider what you eat and drink during a match or practice session. During short sessions of up to an hour you may only need to take on board some water, however if it’s likely to last longer than this, you may want to consider some easy to digest carbohydrates and some electrolytes such as an isotonic sports drink, a banana or some dried fruit.

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