Hockey Nutrition: What You Need to Know

Protein for Hockey Players

One of the most common topics in sports science nutrition is protein intake. Athletes know the importance of protein in the diet. However, they don’t know precisely why protein is crucial and how they should be consuming it on a daily basis.

The most vital information you must know is how much protein you have thru the whole day. It is critical to know your daily protein intake.

When it comes to protein timing, an even distribution thru the day is the best strategy you could ever use. You must do this to protect yourself from what is known as the Fractional Breakdown Rate (FBR). You have to do this to support what is known as the Fractional Synthetic Rate (FSR).

The body is consistently breaking itself down and rebuilding itself again. Your muscles are breaking down and repairing themselves on a daily basis, regardless if you train or not. This is called Protein Turnover.

Hockey Specific Advantages for Eating Carbohydrates

If you have a good   amount of carbohydrates coming in the diet every day, neither blood glucose nor muscle glycogen are lacking which gives you many benefits in both performance and recovery from your games and workouts.

Here are some of the advantages you get:

Higher training intensity: Fully restored glycogen stores and high blood glucose levels let both your muscular and nervous systems perform at peak level. If you want to lift heavier weights, run faster sprints, and do more jumps, getting in plenty of carbs.

Quicker recovery between sets: High glycogen and blood glucose levels will let you recover more completely between sets if you don’t change your rest intervals, or they can let you shorten your rest periods without reducing performance.

Quicker recovery between workouts: Not only do carbohydrates let you recover quicker between sets, they let you recover faster between games and workouts.