Strength and Power Events

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While the specific nutritional requirements of the strength and power athlete are no doubt sport and athlete‐specific, these athletes do have similar overall objectives when it comes to dietary needs: (i) maintain good health, (ii) provide energy for training and competition, (iii) support recovery and adaptation from training and competition, and (iv) safe and effective use of performance‐enhancing substances. This chapter highlights what is known about current dietary practices of strength and power athletes, offer insight into how these athletes can optimize nutrition for performance, and identify areas of concern. The most prevalent drugs used by strength and power athletes are those that are intended to increase muscle mass and strength by increasing muscle protein synthesis and/or decreasing protein degradation, such as anabolic androgenic steroids. The chapter focuses on energy intake, macronutrient intake, and positive drug tests and product purity.


Originally published as: Rawson, E. S., Brightbill, C. E., & Stec, M. J. (2013). Strength and power events. In R. J. Maughan (Ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine (pp. 549–560). John Wiley & Sons Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118692318.ch45

  • Online ISBN: 9781118692318
  • Print ISBN: 9781118275764