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A Framework for Periodized Nutrition for Athletics.

Stellingwerff, T, Morton, JP and Burke, LM (2019) A Framework for Periodized Nutrition for Athletics. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 29 (2). pp. 141-151. ISSN 1526-484X

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Over the last decade, in support of training periodization there has been an emergence around the concept of nutritional periodization. Within athletics (track and field), the science and art of periodization is a cornerstone concept with recent commentaries emphasizing the underappreciated complexity associated with predictable performance on demand. Nevertheless, there are numerous training, with varying levels of evidence, that feature sport and event specific purposeful sequencing of different training units [long (macro-cycle; months), medium (meso-cycle; weeks) and short (micro-cycle; days and within-day duration] training cycles and sessions. Indeed, implementation of strategic temporal nutrition interventions (macro, meso and micro) can support and enhance training prescription and adaptation, as well as acute event specific performance. However, a general framework on how, why and when nutritional periodization could be implemented has not yet been established. It is beyond the scope of this review to highlight every potential nutritional periodization application. Instead, this review will focus on a generalized framework, with specific examples of macro-, meso- and micro-periodization for the macronutrients of carbohydrate (CHO), and by extension fat. More specifically, we establish the evidence and rationale for situations of acute high CHO availability, as well as the evidence for more chronic manipulation of CHO coupled with training. The topic of periodized nutrition has made considerable gains over the last decade, but is ripe for further scientific progress and field application.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2019, 29(2): 141-151, https://doi.org/10.1123/ijsnem.2018-0305. © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement and Sports Sciences
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2019 09:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:43
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/ijsnem.2018-0305
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10171
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