Most athletes understand that diet is a critical part of optimizing their athletic performance. Without the proper fuel for their bodies, athletes can’t exercise and compete.

Athletes can train for hours a day at elevated levels of intensity in order to condition for their sport, which means their bodies require a lot of fuel. The length, intensity, and type of sport are all factors in an athlete’s nutritional needs, so working with a healthcare provider to establish a proper diet is important. A sports medicine physician works with their patient to determine the right foods and supplements for before, during, and after training, before, during, and after a competition, and during recovery periods.

There are many benefits for athletes who eat a well-designed diet, such as:

  • Injury prevention
  • Strengthening of the immune system
  • Decreased muscle tiredness and soreness
  • Muscle healing and recovery
  • Improved energy levels
  • Increased focus and attention span

A proper diet doesn’t just provide athletes with the energy they need to train and compete, but it helps to optimize their training efforts. Without the proper nutrition, training efforts can be in vain because the muscles, joints, and other parts of the body aren’t getting the nutrients they need to function and recover from exertion. Poor nutrition can also result in weakness and slow reaction times during workouts and competitions due to low blood sugar levels, and can even lead to injury. The timing of consuming certain meals and foods is also important, which is why guidance from a sports medicine doctor is recommended.

Our orthopedic providers can help you make the most of your athletic endeavors with nutritional guidance services in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. Call us today at (843) 936-0715 to schedule an appointment for sports nutrition guidance, sports medicine services, and more.