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Nutrition in Soccer

For a soccer player to perform at their best, there must be an appropriate balance between training and recovery. From a recovery standpoint, a good diet helps promote adaptation to training in addition to aiding post-exercise recovery process (Meert, Hara, Tenney, Van Winckel, 2014). Often times soccer players view nutrition from the point of view that there is an appropriate quantity (calories) they should consume, ultimately forgetting that it is the quality of their diet that is of importance to their performance. Interestingly, Dr. Catherine Shanahan said, “Food should provide the raw building blocks your body needs to repair and improve its various tissues” (Shanahan, 2013). There is n

Fatigue and Performance

From a general perspective, fatigue can be defined as “an acute impairment of performance that includes both an increase in the perceived effort to exert a desired force or power and/or any reduction in the ability to exert maximal muscle force or power” (Gandevia, 2001). Additionally, Nedelec, McCall, Carling, Legall, Berthoin, and Dupont (2012) defined fatigue as “any decline in muscle performance associated with muscle activity.” When discussing the concept of fatigue, there are two sub-classifications including central (central nervous system) and peripheral fatigue (muscle). The classification can be “central when the origin is proximal and / or peripheral when the origin is distal to t

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