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Investigating the Nutritional and Recovery Habits of Tennis Players

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
School of Sport Health and Applied Sciences, St Mary’s University, Twickenham TW1 4SX, UK
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Nutrients 2018, 10(4), 443;
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 29 March 2018 / Accepted: 30 March 2018 / Published: 3 April 2018
In this study, the nutritional and recovery habits of tennis players pre-, during, and post-match-play were investigated. Seventy tennis players completed a bespoke nutrition and recovery habits questionnaire, with questions related to the following areas: match preparation, intra-match nutritional habits, situation dependent variables, and post-match nutrition and recovery. On match day-1, the consumption of balanced meals consisting of carbohydrate (CHO), fat and protein, with some micronutrient considerations were reported by 51% of players. On match-days, CHOs were prioritised prior to match-play with CHO dominant meals consumed by the majority of players. During matches, all players adopted a nutritional strategy, with water (94%), banana(s) (86%) and sports drinks (50%) commonly used. Carbohydrate rich nutritional aids, including sports drinks (80%) and energy gels (26%) were utilised more readily during long matches (>2 h). The day after match-play, 39% of players reported the consumption of “nothing specific”. Multiple post-match recovery strategies were adopted by 80% of players, with foam rolling (77%), ice baths (40%), protein shake intake (37%) and hot baths (26%) most used. Findings indicate highly variable eating and recovery habits in tennis players pre-, during and post-match-play, with scope for improved practices. View Full-Text
Keywords: carbohydrate; nutrition; performance; recovery; tennis carbohydrate; nutrition; performance; recovery; tennis
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Fleming, J.A.; Naughton, R.J.; Harper, L.D. Investigating the Nutritional and Recovery Habits of Tennis Players. Nutrients 2018, 10, 443.

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