Fuel for Volleyball Players
Volleyball, a very fast-paced, dynamic sport requiring agility, explosive strength, skill, and concentration, relies heavily on the anaerobic energy system. Carbohydrate is the primary source of energy for this system. When the collegiate athlete is still growing, adding muscle, training and playing hard, the requirement for carbohydrate is very high. A low carbohydrate /low energy diet will result in fatigue and poor performance. Choose low-fat, and nutritious carbohydrate foods in the correct amounts for your body and your sport, will provide the energy you need, and keep your body weight where it should be. Carbohydrate choices need to be balanced with low fat, high protein choices.
High Carbohydrate Food Choices:
Breakfast: Cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, bagel, oatmeal, grits, orange juice, fruit
Lunch: Low fat sandwiches made with bread or rolls. Choose turkey, ham or roast beef. Pasta with low-fat topping/sauce. Salads, fruit.
Dinner: Lean meat (turkey, chicken, pork) or fish. Potatoes, pasta, rice. Vegetables, salad, fruit. Low fat frozen yogurt.
Snacks: Pretzels, fruit, yogurt, energy bars, cereal, Gatorade.