WHY IS NUTRITION IMPORTANT IN RUGBY?
For my first blog post I thought I would answer the question: Why is proper nutrition important?
Have you ever been in the last ten minutes of the game and notice that you start to feel slow? Almost like you are running through mud. Those last ten minutes are important in a close game and it can be frustrating when you are not able to play your best. This is happening because your body is losing energy and many times this is from the foods you are eating.
Eating a healthy diet is important for all of us. It can help us feel good and prevent health problems later in life. For the rugby player eating the right foods is important to help us become better players and to give us the edge over the other teams. Proper nutrition can help you in three basic areas.
Think of your body like a race car. Sure, any gas you put in the tank will make the car drive down the road but you need high performance fuel to make your car go fast and perform the best it can. Just like gasoline for a car, food is the fuel for our bodies. All food gives us energy but eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water will help you perform the best you can on the field and also at school and work. For young athletes, the importance of food is doubled because you also need healthy foods while you are still growing.
Recovery and mental focus
Many of us train and exercise more than our friends and we need food to give us the energy while we train and compete. This helps us recover after we practice and play games so our bodies are healed up and can keep going for the season.
Have you ever skipped breakfast and found it hard to focus during school? Food doesn’t just help the body perform, it also feeds your brain with energy. This helps us to concentrate and focus on what we have to do every day. This is also important on the field when you have to remember what you learned in training and making the right decisions during a game.
As an athlete in a tough sport like rugby, proper nutrition is important to prevent injury. Eating right will help you train and prepare your body for the hard running and hitting in a game. The more prepared you are the less likely you will get injured. On the other hand, if you do get injured, eating the right foods will allow your body to heal quickly and will let you get back to training.