Roy Indicar

Sports Writer

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Athletics coach Eliza Parker in the UNESA Justice Training Athletics Department.

Nutrition is still an important part of the United States Asheville Student-Athletic System during the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.

As the 2020-2021 athletics year draws to a close, when student-athletes return to a more stable competition and training program, the importance of proper nutrition and nutrition will ensure the need for fuel. Most UNAA athletes need to burn healthy diets and follow the instructions provided by the trainers.

ECCA athletics coach Eliza Parker says nutrition is important when it comes to physical and mental health, whether you are an athlete or not.

“It’s general health. It is a recovery from daily activities, it is also a function of the heart, digestive function, and it is the sum total of making sure you get the right proteins and macro-nutrients. One thing most people don’t realize is that eating is healthy, eating sugar and caffeine can change a person’s mood, and that’s important for athletes and for everyone. ”

As an athletic trainer, Parker says she helps student athletes focus on the importance of time when managing a balanced diet.

When you look at nutrition in sports, you are talking about one, time, second, what to eat around exercise and games, because time is important for the blood to flow into the circulatory system. Obviously, you want most of that blood to go through the active muscles, but you need to make sure you have the right amount of blood glucose to get longer. So, we talk a lot about time and what we eat, ”Parker said.

Parker also said that recovery plays a big role in the student-athlete diet. An hour after exercise, he said, protein intake is an important part of fuel for games and competitions.

It is a protein that helps us heal the muscle damage we are doing. The most common time for muscle recovery, especially at night, is at night, so it is best to eat protein with your dinner so that your body can recover more at rest, ”Parker said.

According to Parker, energy drinks like Gatorade have some benefits when used wisely.

Glucose-rich beverages like Gatorad in your mouth and then spitting and eating also lighten your central nervous system and when your tongue and mouth absorb some carbohydrates, you can get some sugar from your mouth, which can actually raise your glucose without taking anything in, ”Parker said.

When UNCA student-athletes return to the one-year regular competition, many teams strictly follow the implemented dietary guidelines. Gabi Shenot, a second-year UNA student in the swimming and diving team, said the team follows a diet called detox before the big championships.

“Basically we don’t eat sweets and we can’t control our sugar intake, but we eat as many healthy foods as possible,” Shenot said.

As a swimmer, Shenot said he needs the right ingredients to maintain energy during performance training and plays a key role in the performance of the link.

“I need a lot of long-term fuel just because I do distance diving, and so I need a lot of energy to keep going. Swimming is that way because you always go, and nutrition is important for me to stay full time. Nutrition really helps, I didn’t really like it in high school, but now that I am here, I am much better off seeing what I eat. ”

Blake Little, the youngest member of the UNESA baseball team, says nutrition is essential for self-care.

“Nutrition is probably one of the most important things. For us, it is primarily about caring for Him, a great personal responsibility. We are not following a strict diet, but we are monitoring our macro-nutrients just to make sure we are doing the right thing. ”

According to UNCA Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Wooddi Taylor, eating the right foods on a regular basis is an important part of maintaining the energy level needed to get out of basketball.

“In our program, we really try to understand that basketball is a sport that requires you to take care of your body. Coach Morerell often uses the phrase, “His best talent is availability.” The treatment that goes into it, recovery after practice, stretching before exercise, but one of the most important parts of the skill and being able to be present is to eat the right things and make sure you eat all day, ”Taylor said.

Taylor said the team will meet certain expectations to ensure that basketball athletes eat a balanced diet. For example, according to team policy, men’s basketball players must eat breakfast.

One of the things that I think is special for us on campus is having a mandatory breakfast check. What will happen is that the students will have the opportunity to get up and eat their first meal of the day and it will be necessary Monday through Friday, ”Taylor said.

According to Taylor, athletes also receive protein-rich foods after training to support muscle growth.

After they gain weight, we usually get peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and muscle milk to help them regain the calories they lost. The reason we use muscle milk is the same as peanut butter, because it contains a lot of protein. According to Taylor, protein is very important in building muscle and weight after gaining weight.

In the midst of the harvest season and out-of-training teams, UNES student-athletes continue to follow dietary guidelines with the help of coaches and coaches to prepare for the regular season.