The link between nutrition and sports performance is well established. Good nutrition is important for all sports people - whether a beginner or a seasoned competitor. Although nutrition cannot guarantee success, an appropriate diet before, during and after training and competition is essential for an athlete to fulfil his or her potential and maximise performance.
Individual nutritional needs vary depending on the particular sport or activity and the level at which a person competes. However, for all those involved in sport, an adequate fluid and carbohydrate intake is particularly important.