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Daily Distribution of Macronutrient Intakes of Professional Soccer Players From the English Premier League.

Anderson, L, Naughton, RJ, Close, GL, Di Michele, R, Morgans, R, Drust, B and Morton, JP (2017) Daily Distribution of Macronutrient Intakes of Professional Soccer Players From the English Premier League. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. ISSN 1543-2742

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The daily distribution of macronutrient intake can modulate aspects of training adaptations, performance and recovery. We therefore assessed the daily distribution of macronutrient intake (as assessed using food diaries supported by the remote food photographic method and 24 h recalls) of professional soccer players (n=6) of the English Premier League during a 7-day period consisting of two match days and five training days. On match days, average carbohydrate (CHO) content of the pre-match (<1.5 g.kg(-1) body mass) and post-match (1 g.kg(-1) body mass) meals (in recovery from an evening kick-off) were similar (P>0.05) though such intakes were lower than contemporary guidelines considered optimal for pre-match CHO intake and post-match recovery. On training days, we observed a skewed and hierarchical approach (P<0.05 for all comparisons) to protein feeding such that dinner (0.8 g.kg(-1))>lunch (0.6 g.kg(-1))>breakfast (0.3 g.kg(-1))>evening snacks (0.1 g.kg(-1)). We conclude players may benefit from consuming greater amounts of CHO in both the pre-match and post-match meals so as to increase CHO availability and maximize rates of muscle glycogen re-synthesis, respectively. Furthermore, attention should also be given to ensuring even daily distribution of protein intake so as to potentially promote components of training adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: as accepted for publication
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 14:46
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 11:07
DOI or ID number: 10.1123/ijsnem.2016-0265
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7327
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