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Sports Nutrition and Athletic Performance

Sports Nutrition and Athletic Performance

If you exercise regularly or if you are an athlete in training, you are trying to make your muscles work better. You want to be stronger if you are a weightlifter, you want to be able to throw a blistering fast ball if you are a baseball pitcher or you want to be able to finish strong at the end of a 26-mile race if you are a marathon runner. Adequate nutrition is a key component of sports performance. The greater the demands for increased performance both in training and competition, the higher the nutritional value must be. This means good nutritional habits before, during and after performance.

In this essay I will be discussing whether creatine phosphate can be a positive addition to sports performance, why carbohydrates are the primary supplement for energy, why water is important for a athletes, how fats can be used in a good sports diet, why vitamin and mineral are essential for a peak performance, and why iron helps with stamina in an athletes performance.

Can creatine phosphate be a positive addition to an athlete's nutritional diet?

In the research that I've found, creatine can be used in a positive way when added to an athlete's diet properly. Creatine can provide additional energy for the muscles. In your body you have a compound called ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate); the body can very quickly get energy from an ATP reaction. You have other sources of energy such as carbohydrates and fat, but they take longer to convert into a useable energy source. When you are doing an intense quick burst activity - such as lifting a weight or sprinting, your muscles must contract and need a quick source of energy. This immediate energy comes from ATP; the body can very quickly get energy from an ATP reaction. You have other sources of energy such as carbohydrates and fat - but they take longer to convert into a useable energy source. When you are doing an intense quick burst activit...

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