DUE to the nature of boxing and the rigorous training schedules associated with it, injury is an inescapable aspect of the sport. When a boxer becomes injured they perhaps cannot train or perform any sort of physical activity depending on how severe the injury is. At the very least there will be a considerable reduction in the amount of exercise that they can perform.
This poses a number of performance and body composition challenges. The resultant reduction in training and physical exertion alongside the disuse of any injured limb(s) results in loss of muscle mass and reduced muscle strength and function whilst the injured party can also gain unwanted body fat. However, these issues can be mitigated by appropriate nutritional support which may also be crucial in lessening the required time for injury recovery and can also support the return to activity and training. This nutritional support should be aimed at introducing nutritional interventions and strategies through the manipulation of the boxer’s nutritional intake whilst also adding in specific, scientifically proven supplements to try and maintain as much muscle mass and function as possible.
Below I provide four key nutritional tips that will be extremely useful for a boxer in the injury recovery stage.
Marc Fell BSc (hons), MSc
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