Keeping Up with Rugby Players’ Diets

BODY TYPE

Body types impact individual characteristics and needs. A system through which body types are categorised is the somatotype, differentiating between three main elements: ‘ectomorphic’, ‘mesomorphic’, and ‘endomorphic’. Falling in between one of these three somatotypes is common, considering the world’s broad and highly diverse population.

GENDER

Although the foundation of a healthy diet is the same for all genders, on average, women tend to have smaller bodies than men, which results in different caloric needs. Women need fewer calories than men, but often require additional vitamin and mineral intake.

AGE

As we age, we lose lean body mass (e.g., bones, muscles, blood, skin), while our activity levels also tend to decrease. These are main factors that cause our metabolism to slow down. Metabolism refers to the chemical processes in our bodies causing food to transition into energy and growth. In order to maintain a healthy metabolic rate, nutrition is among the aspects we should pay attention to.

CULTURE & GEOGRAPHICAL AREA

Attitudes towards nutrition, food consumption, and associated trends vary across the globe, in each culture and sub-culture. These distinctions are brought by many factors, among which resources availability, climate, beliefs, technology, infrastructure, education, time constraints.

PERSONAL PREFERENCES & VALUES

Whether to support a cause (e.g., animal protection; reducing environmental footprint), personal tastes, health reasons — athletes’ diets are, too, shaped around such matters.

CONTEXT

As mentioned before, athletes face different seasons and circumstances to which they have to adapt (e.g., match seasons, travelling & tournaments, holidays). This implies adapting their diets to suit their specific needs at the time.

GOALS & EXPECTATIONS

The level of performance desired to be reached (e.g., amateur, semi-professional, professional), improvement of certain skills, ideal physique, etc. all influence players’ diets. Different types of physical activity imply different nutritional needs. These fall under four categories: aerobic, muscle-strengthening, bone-strengthening, and stretching. It is crucial, thus, that diets are adapted to sustain the achievement of such objectives.

REFERENCE LIST

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Driven by our passion for sports, we have made it our goal to contribute to the development of the sports world. // 私たちはスポーツへの情熱を胸に、スポーツ界の発展に貢献することを目標としています。