Ever wondered how the UK's top cricketers ensure their nutrition strategy is bang-on to aid their performance come match day? We caught up with Bob Smith, Strength and Conditioning Coach at our partner club Gloucestershire CCC, to see how their players fuel for a long day on the pitch:
A typical match day meal plan for our players will look as follows:
- Breakfast 1- 3 eggs on wholemeal toast with ½ can of baked beans first thing
- Breakfast 2 (upon arrival at club)- Porridge mixed with Nutrition X Big Whey formula, ensuring the players are topped up with carbohydrate to keep energy levels up.
- Mid-Morning- A high-protein snack like Nutrition X’s Pro X Protein Bar.
- Lunch- A well-rounded meal of meat or fish, complex carbohydrate (potato or rice) and vegetables.
- Tea- Given that tea is a quick 20-minute turnaround, our priority is to provide fast-absorbing carbohydrates to each of the players heavily involved in the game; usually a pasta salad with plenty of vegetables.
- Throughout the Game: The period between lunch and end of play at 6.30 is a long stretch, with only a 20 minute space for tea as an opportunity to take on fuel. We therefore use Nutrition X's Energel+ products for players to avoid players fading in this period and may also mix BCAA Plus into their fluids to protect their muscles from breaking down during a strenuous game, in turn aiding muscle recovery. We also regularly use Xplode shots during match days- particularly the T20 night matches; fast-acting energy drinks which are particularly beneficial to our fast bowlers.
Post-match, our players will often use Nutrition X’s Big Whey protein formula as a recovery supplement to tide them over before their next full meal.
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