Action Sports and Nutrition

Yes, if you are a pro in the sport of motocross, BMX, skateboarding, wakeboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, etc YOU ARE AN ELITE ATHLETE! But you already knew that, right? It’s no mystery that action sports or extreme sports are rigorous in both physical and mental strength.

Overall there has been a shift in the action / extreme sports industry to include more focused training which includes thinking about the fuel (nutrition) that is put into the body. During season, which can sometimes be year-round, elite athletes can burn anywhere from 2500-upwards of 6000 calories per day depending on body weight, composition, length of training or competition etc. The amount of food that the body needs is one thing but the variety of foods and the timing is equally important.

Incorporating a nutrition plan into your training routine can increase performance by

  • maximizing your strength training- this is where nutrient timing comes into play. What and when you put into your body can increase overall lean muscle mass.
  • decrease injury risk- let’s face it, you are at more risk for injury in general because, well your sport is extreme but eating enough calories to fuel your body and a good ratio of macronutrients to micronutrients can help build tissue including strong bones.
  • recovery from injury- your body works hard to heal when you are injured and certain nutrients like protein, Vitamin C, D & calcium can help re-build ligaments, muscle tissue and bones.
  • improve immune system- be sick less often and miss less training/competition time
  • increase mental performance- every aspect of your sport takes precise timing, memory and pure confidence. If you are trying to barrel down this monster you are going to want to be as sharp as possible!
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Things to consider when working with a sports dietitian

  • in season training vs off season training nutrition
  • personal performance goals – body composition etc.
  • individual food preferences- not just a one size fits all nutrition plan
  • training day vs competition day
  • gastrointestinal issues- might not just be nerves