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Dietary and activity habits were self evaluated over three days one week day and a weekend Analysis of 3-day diet records showed mean daily energy and carbohydrate intake to be insufficient to support estimated requirements Mean intakes of vitamins and most minerals exceeded the Recommended Dietary Allowances RDAs except Retinol Eq which was 66 of RDAVitamin B12 Vitamin B6 Vitamin C Folate Iron and Phosphorous were 300 of the RDAIntroduction There is a natural linkage between nutrition and ex-ercise physiology Proper nutrition forms the foun-dation for physical performance McArdle Katch Katch 1996 For individuals in competitive sports diet plays an important role in supporting the effects of regular training for strength and endurance Khoo et al 87Diet significantly influences athletic performance An adequate diet in terms of quantity and quality before during and after training and compe-tition will maximize performance In the optimum diet for most sports carbohydrate is likely to contribute about 60-70 of total energy intake and protein about 12 with the remainder coming from fatThe realization that the performance of muscular exercise is influenced by the preceding diet is not new Christensen and Hansen 1939 showed that endurance capacity in prolonged work was enhanced if a diet high in carbohydrate was consumed in the days prior to exercise and was reduced by consumption of a low carbohydrate diet Maughan et al 1996Diet composition and the performance of high-intensity Vitamin supplements are not necessary for athletes eating an adequate diet in respect of quality and quantity Of the minerals and elements essential for health particular attention should be paid to iron and calcium status in those individuals who may be at riskThere is no good evidence to support the use of other nutritional supplements including those commonly assumed by athletes to have ergogenic effects Dietary and activity habits were self evaluated for one week day and one weekendThe observations were made throughout each day All foods consumed and activity partaken was
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