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Are there special nutrition needs for rugby and lacrosse players?

Rugby and lacrosse are a stop-and-go sports and players require adequate Calories with the majority coming from carbohydrates. The diet for rugby and lacrosse should be high enough in Calories to support training and competition; high in carbohydrate rich foods; moderate in lean protein (chicken, eggs, fish, and low-fat dairy); low in fat (especially pre-game is it can cause stomach upset); and include at least five servings of fruits and vegetables/day.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics
Compared to other sports, rugby and lacrosse are higher impact. These players may want to make sure they are getting an adequate amount of protein throughout the day in order to maintain muscle mass. A few examples of protein foods would be chicken breast, black beans, chick peas, tofu, or turkey. These players may also want to focus on foods with omega-3 fats. These are healthy fats that help reduce inflammation from injury, and can be found in foods such as salmon, walnuts and flax seeds. In general, a balanced diet for anyone incorporates foods from each of the five food groups: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy.

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