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Performance Eating for Baseball

Bonci, Leslie MPH, RD

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31819d1fa6
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Abstract

THE TIMING AND QUANTITY OF INGESTED FOOD AND FLUIDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR BASEBALL PLAYERS. PLAYERS WHO COME TO PRACTICE AND GAMES PROPERLY HYDRATED AND FUELED HAVE PREPARED THEMSELVES FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. FURTHERMORE, TO MAINTAIN HYDRATION AND ENERGY LEVELS, PLAYERS MUST CONTINUE TO CONSUME FOOD AND FLUIDS AFTER WARM-UP (BATTING PRACTICE) AND COOL DOWNS (POSTGAME). EDUCATING ATHLETES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF FUELING AND HYDRATION PRE-, DURING, AND POST-PLAY AND/OR RESISTANCE TRAINING WILL KEEP THEM IN THE GAME LONGER, STRONGER, AND HEALTHIER.

Author Information

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Leslie Bonci is the Director of Sports Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a sports dietitian for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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