Sports nutrition for the recreational athlete

Ben Desbrow, Gary Slater, Gregory R Cox

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BACKGROUND: Recreational sports participation provides many potential health benefits. However, some athletes experience medical problems associated with, or exacerbated by, a mismanagement of the relationship between their diet and sporting endeavours.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to highlight recent developments in clinical sports nutrition, with a focus on providing evidence-based advice and resources for the management of common medical presentations.

DISCUSSION: A low dietary energy intake relative to exercise energy demands (ie low energy availability) may result in an array of medical issues. An evidence-based framework for advice on sports supplements is available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2020


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