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Fluid & Nutrition > Supplements

Several supplementary aids, such as creatine and isotonic sports drinks, have been proven to enhance performance in specific elements of football fitness. However, many products make misleading promises, so you should ask the following questions before using a supplement:

  1. Is the substance banned by the International Olympic Committee?
  2. Are there any short- or long-term side effects to usage?
  3. Is there scientific support for the supplement's purported benefits?
  4. Who recommended the product to you?

Dedication to a sound nutritional plan and a well-designed training regimen are your primary means of meeting your energy requirements. However, the following are supplements that many elite football players regularly use:

  • Protein powder to boost protein intake and recovery from strenuous exercise
  • Creatine to support recovery from anaerobic training
  • BCAA, branch chained amino acids, for building muscle
  • Caffeine
  • Glutamine to boost the immune system and prevent the breakdown of muscle
  • Glucosamine and cod liver oil to support the building and repair of cartilage and other supporting structures
  • Vitamins and minerals, the need for which should be met by a well-balanced diet, but you may want to add them as a supplement if your diet is poor and your training levels are high

© Fitness 4 Football 2008. Fitness 4 Football is owned by Better Football Coaching, trading name of Newsletter Publishing Ltd. The author and Newsletter Publishng Ltd take no responsibility for injuries caused by attempting the guidelines and exercises presented on this web site. Newsletter Publishng Ltd recommends that you always learn new exercises or dietary changes under the guidance of a professional and consult your GP before you start

 


 
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Several supplementary aids, such as creatine and isotonic sports drinks, have been proven to enhance performance
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