For many professional sports, nutrition is not recognized as an important component of the team's training program. The implementation of a nutrition program for one professional hockey team has had positive results. Players who had been unable to maintain their weight during the season can now maintain their weight and be prepared for the playoffs. Others have improved their endurance with proper fluid and carbohydrate replacement. Working with the entire time—coaching staff, trainers and players—has led to the success of this program.
J. Burns is with the Chicago Center for Clinical Research, 515 N. State St., Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60610. L. Dugan is with McDonald's Corporation, One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60521.