Last weeks quiz and answers
- True or False? Drinking tea will dehydrate the body due to the caffeine content? Answer: False – Drinking Tea will NOT dehydrate the body
- What is the ideal Carbohydrate intake for an Athlete?
- Less than 40%
- Less than 50%
- 50%– 60%
- More than 60%
- It depends
Answer: It depends – why? ‘Athlete’ is a very broad term and relates to marathon runners, swimmers, divers and weightlifters alike. There is a need to be specific with the carbohydrate intake! This is the case with the other macro nutrients too. This will also change for a single athlete based on the training phase and the specific day whether it be a training or rest day.
- Name three Macronutrients? Answer – Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins.
- Name three Micronutrients? Answer – Vitamins, Minerals Water
This week we are asking..
- What exactly do CHO’s do?
- What is the job of Protein?
- What is the role of Fats in a diet?
Helping Swimmers Zero In on the Perfect Push-Off
There are basically only two kinds of push-offs: Good Ones and Bad Ones. The good ones give swimmers a forceful burst of speed off every wall. The bad ones tend to grind to a halt before they ever get started. When a swimmer loses a race by a narrow margin, push-offs sometimes take the blame for the loss. By the same token, push-offs sometimes get the credit when a swimmer wins by a touch. Either way, it’s easy to see that push-offs have the potential to make or break a race.
When performed correctly, a push-off employs the human body’s most effective posture for minimizing resistance through water. And resistance-reducing measures are clearly called for since water is about 800 times denser than air. In fact, water is so dense that a bullet fired into a body of water will lose all velocity after travelling less than eight feet. It is water’s tremendous stopping power that compels swimmers to minimize resistance whenever possible.