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Carbohydrate Supplementation: Is It Useful to Tennis Players?

Pearsall, Ashley

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2012 - Volume 34 - Issue 4 - p 17–20
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31824f1669
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SUMMARY: IN 2009, THE SPORTING GOODS MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION RELEASED DATA NAMING TENNIS AMERICA'S FASTEST GROWING SPORT AND THE MOST POPULAR INDIVIDUAL SPORT IN THE WORLD. CURRENTLY, THERE ARE MORE THAN 75 MILLION PARTICIPANTS WORLDWIDE, AND SUCH LARGE PARTICIPATION MAKES IT IMPERATIVE THAT PLAYERS UNDERSTAND THE METABOLIC DEMANDS AND NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF THE GAME TO MAXIMIZE THEIR PERFORMANCE. THIS ARTICLE REVIEWS RESEARCH RELATED TO THE VALUE OF CARBOHYDRATE (CHO) AS AN IN-MATCH SUPPLEMENT. ADDITIONALLY, IT PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO THE IMPORTANCE OF CHO IN THE PERFORMANCE OF AMATEUR PLAYERS IN COMPETITIVE MATCH SETTINGS OF MODERATE-TO-HIGH INTENSITIES LASTING ROUGHLY 90–120 MINUTES.

Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina

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