Nutrition in Combat Sports


Learning Objectives

  • To understand the influence of “weight making” for competition on the everyday eating practices of combat athletes

  • To appreciate long-term solutions for achieving ideal levels of body fat and lean body mass for health and performance

  • To appreciate strategies for achieving goals for fuel, protein, vitamins and minerals in the everyday diet

  • To appreciate the range of nutritional issues underpinning preparation for competition in combat sports, and recovery after sessions of training and competition

  • To understand the role of supplements and sports foods in the overall nutrition plan for a combat athlete

1.1 Introduction

The need to make weight in many combat sports dominates the nutritional interests of its athletes and coaches. However, well-chosen eating patterns offer a number of advantages to assist the combat athlete enhance his or her training and competition performance. Supporting the fuel and nutrient needs of training will allow the athlete to train hard,...


Total Energy Intake Creatine Supplementation Fluid Deficit Competition Performance Combat Sport 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sports NutritionAustralian Institute of Sport, Leverrier CresAustralia

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