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Ten-Step Guide to Proper Nutrition for Swimmers

By Nick Baker, US Sports Camps, 01/09/19, 12:00PM CST

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Swimmers who actively promote recovery, via sound nutritional habits, reap the rewards while those who ignore this all-important process suffer.

Proper nutrition is critical to meeting the challenging demands of swim training. Falling behind nutritionally, even for a few days, can seriously undermine swimmers’ ability to train at peak levels. It is not uncommon to blame a disappointing training session on fatigue, when in fact it was caused by poor swimming nutrition.

Swim meets present another challenge for swimmers. Although most events are relatively brief, swimming multiple events over multiple days can seriously deplete hydration and glucose levels, inhibiting performance. To address these challenges, swimmers must have a nutritional gameplay for training and competing.