Chryssanthopoulos Costas, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Kontzinos Kostas, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Maridaki Maria, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Science, University of Athens
Petridou Anatoli, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki
The purpose of this study was to investigate the nutritional intake of semi-professional soccer players during a week in the competitive season. Sixteen Greek 4th national division soccer players volunteered to participate. Four players were identified as under-reporters and therefore the diets of 12 participants were included in the analysis. Their age, height, and body mass (BM) were 24.5 ± 1.1 years, 178 ± 2 cm, and 72.4 ± 1.6 kg, respectively (mean ± SE). Subjects recorded their diet during a week starting on Wednesday and finishing on Tuesday, with Sunday being the game day. Total energy intake was 11.8 ± 0.4 MJ and was derived from carbohydrate by 43 ± 1 %, fat by 39 ± 1 %, protein by 17 ± 1 %, and alcohol by less than 1 %. Throughout the recording period mean carbohydrate intake was 4.2 ± 0.1 g/kg BM and protein intake was 1.6 ± 0.1 g/kg BM, while the fibre intake was only 4.5 ± 0.3 g/1000 kcal. The pre-competition meal on the day of the game was also characterised by low carbohydrate content (43 ± 3 %), whereas its fat content was high (40 ± 3 %). Also, during the recovery period after the game the food intake of the players was not optimal for replenishing body carbohydrate stores. In terms of micronutrient intake, players met the Dietary Reference Intakes with the exception of folic acid, magnesium and vitamins D and E. The diet of the semi-professional soccer players was characterised by low carbohydrate intake, high fat content, and low fibre consumption, whereas the amount of proteins was at satisfactory level.
diet, game day, macronutrients, micronutrients
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