Nutrition for throwers, jumpers, and combined events athletes

Linda Houtkooper, Jaclyn Maurer Abbot, Myra Nimmo

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Throwers, jumpers, and combined events athletes require speed, strength, power, and a wide variety of technical skills to be successful in their events. Only a handful of studies have assessed the nutritional needs of such athletes. Because of this, recommendations for nutritional requirements to support and enhance training and competition performances for these athletes are made using research findings from sports and exercise protocols similar to their training and competitive events. The goals of the preparation cycle of nutrition periodization for these athletes include attaining desirable body weight, a high ratio of lean body mass to body height, and improving muscular power. Nutritional recommendations for training and competition periods include: (1) meeting energy needs; (2) timing consumption of adequate fluid and electrolyte intakes before, during, and after exercise to promote adequate hydration; (3) timing consumption of carbohydrate intake to provide adequate fuel for energy demands and to spare protein for muscle repair, growth, and maintenance; (4) timing consumption of adequate protein intake to meet protein synthesis and turnover needs; and (5) consuming effective nutritional and dietary supplements. Translating these nutrient and dietary recommendations into guidelines these athletes can apply during training and competition is important for enhancing performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-47
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Dec 2007


  • Body composition
  • Carbohydrate
  • Combined event athletes
  • Diet
  • Energy
  • Fluid
  • Hydration
  • Jumpers
  • Nutrition
  • Protein
  • Supplements
  • Throwers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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