The body needs fuel to drive performance and if that fuel runs out then fatigue will set in. It is important to consider fuel for swimming in both training sessions and in the competition environment.
There are issues associated with eating and drinking during trainings and competitions including; adolescents not feeling hungry, the idea that eating will cause stitch or discomfort, friends or peers do not eat or drink so it is not considered normal behaviour, and a lack of availability of suitable foods and fluids. For these reasons the adolescent athlete needs to have a plan for trainings and competitions. (more…)