Introduction to sports nutrition for tennis
Dietary requirements for tennis players are similar to those for most ball games and team sports which are characterized by high-intensity, repetitive movements that rely on lactic-aerobic strength and endurance performance. Such competitive sports strongly depend on an adequate nutrition due to frequent travelling and unpredictable events but also for quick recovery.
Optimal physical condition and energy management during long tournaments are of key importance for professional sports. Sports drinks and energy bars are suitable for recreational athletes as they are practical and meet their energy demands. Carbohydrate-based drinks are ideal for competitive athletes as excessive sweating during longer training sessions/matches requires the replenishment of electrolytes and quick rehydration. SPONSER® recommends COMPETITION®, a nonacidic, hypotonic sports drink with a mild taste which is well-tolerated. Tennis players that experience excessive sweating and have a tendency to develop cramps can also use SALT CAPS or MUSCLE RELAX shots.
For additional energy during longer matches, LIQUID ENERGY gels and HIGH ENERGY BAR provide the extra boost. Bars make great snacks, whether before practice or while travelling. Creatine supplements promote muscle and strength development and enhance overall performance. SPONSER® also offers highly specialized products, so-called PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZERS. The NITROFLOW PERFORMANCE2 or RED BEET VINITROX contain nutrients that support nitric oxide (NO) metabolism by dilating blood vessels. As a result, microcirculation is enhanced which positively influences performance but also recovery.
Apart from physical performance, cognitive and mental factors such as quick reflexes and concentration also contribute to success in tennis. ACTIVATOR is a caffeine-based product that targets these factors. Caffeine has been shown to enhance cognitive and mental performance and is taken about 30-60 minutes before the desired time of effect. As sensitivity to caffeine varies from person to person, ACTIVATOR should be tested in different doses at first. SPONSER® also offers MENTAL FOCUS, a caffeine-free alternative specifically designed for cognitive and mental performance.
To promote recovery, SPONSER® recommends shakes with protein and carbohydrates such as RECOVERY DRINK or PRO RECOVERY. They are based on milk or water and are available in single portion sachets or bigger tubs depending on the preference and use. Athletes that travel often, go to training camps, bigger events or competitions are at higher risk of getting an infection. It is thus particularly important to strengthen the immune system and to take precautions against infections. Multinutrient supplements with immunoactive substances such as IMMUNOGUARD along with a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet will strengthen your immune system.