Basketball is an explosive sport with very specific energy needs. Basketball players have very specific demands on their body. While running for most of the game, starters need to preform many short, explosive movements, over the course of a game. The average basketball player runs between 2-3 miles per game, with many starters sometimes reaching in-excess of 6 miles per game. This is in addition to jumping, passing and shooting. Due to their constant movement as well as short explosive bursts, basketball can be considered both anaerobic and aerobic.
Understanding the difference between these energy systems and how to properly fuel your body can make the difference between being an average player and an all-state player. Many NBA players credit their nutrition and healthy eating to be the difference that sets them apart from average players.
Nutrition for Basketball
The average female basketball player who is a starter needs approximately 3,500 calories a day to maintain energy levels and muscle mass, the average male needs approximately 4,500 calories. The primary fuel for basketball is carbohydrates. In order to compete optimally a basketball player requires 55% to 65% percent of their daily caloric intake to come from carbohydrates, 15-25% from protein and 15%-20% percent from fat. In other words, your diet should be nearly 2/3rds carbohydrates and 1/3rd protein & fats, with an emphasis on healthy fats. Not all carbohydrates are created equal though, a whole wheat bagel is a better option than a doughnut. Pasta and sweat potatoes should be chosen over fried foods like french fries or breading on fried chicken.
Lactic acid build up and cramping is also a big concern for many basketball players. With proper nutrition and supplementation cramps and muscle fatigue due to lactic acid can be greatly reduced or eliminated all together. Our certified staff has under gone some of the most rigorous training available, including the USADA drug testing program. This gives our clients the peace of mind that our programs and supplement recommendations will never interfere with high school, NCAA or professional regulations.
Proper hydration is crucial for athletic performance. Dehydration can cause over-heating, reduced reaction time, cramps, muscle tears, decreased strength and endurance. Hydration isn’t just for practice and games, staying hydrated all day is very important.
Why you should join Champion Athletes Basketball Nutrition Program
- Sports Specific- We take into consideration the energy and hydration demands of each individual sport. With all of our Basketball players we also take their specific position and whether or not they are a starter into account.
- 100% customized- Each of our plans is 100% customized for each one of our clients.
- Foods you like and eat- Unlike other nutritionists that hand you a food journal and generic foods, we design our programs with foods that you enjoy and that are readily available to you and your family.
- Support 7 days a week- We provide daily coaching. Each of our clients has access via text, phone and email to our staff every day. If you have a problem, cheat on the plan or have a question, you can reach out at any time! We will help you every step of the way.