Diet of Softball

Softball training can be physically demanding consisting of various combinations of weights, fitness, sprinting and skill training. Training sessions can last up to 2-3 hours. Fuelling for training and recovery is crucial in developing skill, speed, strength and power.

Individual nutrition requirements will be determined by training load, specific athlete needs, training goals, body composition goals, health and adjustment for growth in younger athletes.

Softball players will benefit from a nutritionally balanced diet that is periodised to match training needs. It is important to match players’ energy and carbohydrate intake to their varying training load on a daily basis.

The training diet should be based high-nutrient foods (cereals, fruit, vegetables, low fat dairy products, lean meat and poultry, fish, nuts, seeds, legumes etc.) and only small amounts of low nutrient foods (soft drink, confectionary, cakes, biscuits, fried foods etc.)

Timing of food is key to success. Adjusting portions and spacing meals and snacks throughout the day can improve nutrient absorption and help to manage appetite.