Nutrition Strategies for racket sports tournaments

Nutrition Strategies for racket sports tournaments

Are you competitive and want to win at all cost against your friends? 

Have you ever wondered how nutrition can help you perform your best in racket sports like Tennis, Table tennis, Padel, Pickleball, Badminton, Squash, etc…?


Well, racket sports demand agility, speed, and endurance. Whether you're a competitive athlete or a passionate amateur, your performance on the court greatly depends on your physical fitness and nutrition. Here are some of the essential nutrition strategies to help you perform at your best during the matches:


1. Carbohydrates: Your MAIN source of energy especially during high-intensity like racket sports. Carbohydrates found in foods like rice, pasta, potatoes, grains, fruits, and vegetables provide a steady release of energy. Ensure that your pre-tournament meals include these foods to maintain endurance and prevent fatigue during long matches.


2. Hydration: Stay in the Game! Dehydration can lead to decreased focus, coordination, cramps, and fatigue. Start hydrating well before your match and continue to sip water or a sports drink during breaks to replace lost fluids and electrolytes.


3. Protein: Essential for muscle repair and recovery. After a tough match, your muscles need protein to heal and grow stronger. Incorporate lean sources of protein into your post-match meal or snack to aid recovery. Grilled chicken, salmon, tofu, greek yogurt, or a protein smoothie with berries and spinach are all great sources of protein.


4. Pre-match: Timing Matters. Eating a balanced meal 2-3h before your match ensures you have adequate energy without feeling overly full. Your pre-match meal should consist of carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats to sustain you throughout the game.


5. In-match: During matches, opt for easily digestible snacks to maintain energy levels without causing digestive discomfort. Some suitable options include energy gels, sports drinks, or small portions of fruits.


6. Post-match: After a tournament or a particularly intense match, your body needs nutrients to recover. A balanced meal or snack within 0.5-2h post-match helps replenish glycogen stores, repair muscle tissue, and reduce muscle soreness.


7. Nutrition needs vary from person to person. Therefore, your nutrition plan must be personalized. Consider working with us to create a plan that takes into account your current lifestyle, your activity level, your body composition, and specific dietary preferences. Book through the following link:


Good luck out there!