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Carbohydrates are currently the most misunderstood macronutrient, now that fats are beginning to become understood a little better by the public. It is easy to see why there is such abundant carb confusion. There are so many sides to the argument that it is overwhelming: are carbs the enemy? Are we supposed to be “carbo loading?” Is this gluten-free thing a diet fad that will fade out? Fortunately for soccer players, understanding what practices, games and lifting does to our bodies along with understanding how carbohydrates function within our bodies allows for us to know how soccer players should approach...

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Fat are the delicious food that we have always been told are bad for us, which has caused hesitation about indulging in them. However, do we know why we have been hesitant, where the confusion has come from and what sort of havoc this has caused, not only for soccer players, but also for our society in general? Probably not. DIFFERENT TYPES OF FATS We need to first begin by distinguishing between fats, because there are good fats and bad fats, and within the good fats, we need to balance our consumption of them. The good fats that we should...

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While protein is probably the least debated macronutrient out of all of them, there’s still some worries about the best sources to get protein for soccer players. Should we be eating lean protein? Can soccer players have whey protein shakes? In this article, I cover not only where you should be getting your protein from, but also what it does for your body and why it is so important. What is protein? Protein is a macronutrient that breaks down into amino acids. Amino acids are used for tons of things in the human body, and getting the right kind and...

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Sometimes it’s all you can do to get your child out the door with all of his equipment and make it to the game on time. And in that hurry, nutrition is often left behind. But the honest truth is that nutrition should be a major piece of “equipment” for your child because he will not perform his best on an empty tank or on a tank filled with junk. Your child should eat a pre-game snack about half an hour before she steps onto the court or field. This snack should provide easily digested carbs, and perhaps a little...

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The strange, the odd, the curious…… Every so often, we will be treated to a boot that offers a new look to the market. And then there are boots that make us do a double look and take at least 5 minutes to really get our heads around. This list takes care of that second group. What we are looking at here are the boots that on release made us wonder what the heck was going on – whether that be in a good or bad way. A lot of the boots on the list we have become familiar with...

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