Many people concerned with condition of their bodies – particularly professional and scholastic athletes – tend to focus on the physical activities that they do in order to stay fit and strong. That means lots of time lifting weights and running laps, which is certainly understandable. But if you care about getting into the best possible condition, then you need to look carefully at the different food and drink that you’re consuming on a regular basis. If your body is a car, then the food is the fuel – and the best vehicles need the best fuels! At Movement Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Physical Therapy, we have a team of sports nutritionists on hand to help you with creating and maintaining a healthy diet. This can have significant positive effects on your abilities and performance levels, and of course, there are substantial benefits beyond that too.
What is a Sports Nutritionist?
So, what exactly is a sports nutritionist, and how do they differ from a regular nutritionist? Generally speaking, sports nutritionists look at your general lifestyle and day to day activities, as well as your physical condition, and make a nutrition plan that will help you to stay strong and healthy, increasing your endurance and stamina, amongst other things. The key here is that a sports nutritionist is looking to help you improve your physical conditioning, whereas a regular nutritionist will generally work with people are not particularly physically active and might just be looking to lose or maintain weight.
Training Harder and Longer
Athletes gain new performance levels through regular training and conditioning. If you want to be stronger, you lift more weights. If you want to run faster or further, you spend time doing aerobic activities. Of course, the amount that you do these activities closely corresponds to the improvements that you make. A sports nutritionist can be hugely helpful in this regard, because a specific nutrition plan can make it possible for you to train for longer periods of time and with greater intensity, all while limiting the chance of an injury.
Reducing Injury Prevalence
The kind of food and drink you consume will have a major effect on the health and strength of your body. Certain diets make joints and ligaments stronger and more flexible, and muscles can also benefit from such dietary choices. With these parts of your body in a better condition, it’s much less likely that you’ll experience an injury during your physical exertions. This is no small benefit for a person that spends a lot of time playing sports, that’s for sure!
Helping Immune Function
Many athletes think that the only thing that they need to worry about is the possibility of a physical injury stopping them from competing, but illness represents a very real threat as well. It’s important to maintain a strong and healthy immune system to repel any illness that you come into contact with. This will limit your downtime and allow you to keep up your fitness levels. A sports nutritionist-approved diet plan can certainly bolster your immune system.