Body composition and nutritional assessments in soccer

Jesús Rico-Sanz

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    This review summarizes results from studies investigating the physical characteristics, daily energy expenditures, diets, and effects of nutritional supplements to the habitual diets of soccer players. The results show that players fall within a wide range of stature and body weight, and they are classified as mesomorphs. The body fat of male players is about 10% of body weight, whereas the average for females is about 21%. Energy expenditure for males is about 4,000 kcal on training days and 3,800 kcal on match day, while energy intake reported in other studies is on the order of 3,700 kcal. Carbohydrate (CHO), fat, and protein intakes are about 53,30, and 14% of energy intake, respectively, the remaining being from alcohol intake. There are indications that CHO supplements might be beneficial during soccer performance. However, more research is needed to clarify the importance of branched-chain amino acid and creatine supplementation in soccer.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-123
    JournalInternational Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998


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