Pre- and Postgame Macronutrient Intake of a Group of Elite Australian Football Players

in International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
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This study describes pre- and postcompetition mean energy and macronutrient intakes of 40 elite Australian Football players. Carbohydrate intake, expressed both as a percentage of total energy intake (En %) and as grams per kilogram of body mass (g/kg BM), was significantly less (51.7% En and 4.8 g/kg BM, p < . 001) than minimum recommendations for endurance athletes (60% En and 6 g/kg BM). Pregame carbohydrate intake (53.6% En) was significantly greater (p < .01) than postgame (49.7% En). However, expressed as g/kg BM, pre- and postgame macronutrient intakes did not differ significantly. Protein and fat intakes (as g/kg BM) fell within guidelines, whereas energy intake (13.2 MJ/ day or 153.8 kJ/kg BM) was lower than expected. Results suggest that for athletes engaging in endurance team sports where body mass and energy requirements vary considerably, carbohydrate recommendations are more appropriately expressed as g/kg BM rather than En %.

C. Peter Schokman, Ingrid H.E. Rutishauser, and Roger J. Wallace are with the Schools of Human Movement, Nutrition and Public Health, and Management Information Systems, respectively, at Deakin University, Burwood, Victoria 3125, Australia.