The Way to Shred • 01/08/2021Meal Plan for a Rugby League Athlete
Training typically consists of strength and conditioning (gym) and skill sessions (field training). It is common practice for NRL players to participate in multiple training sessions each day e.g. a gym session in the morning and a field session in the afternoon. GPS data from the NRL show players cover between 5-8km per game. It also shows that backs cover more distance during the game than forwards. Much of this distance is covered with low-intensity activity (walking or jogging) and high-intensity bursts and sprints spread throughout. Nutrition plays an important role in optimising performance and is often the forgotten element among athletes. It is important to have a strategic meal plan in place to prevent early fatigue, reduce muscle breakdown and enhance hydration. For all athletes, it is important that they meet their individual needs by following the fundamentals of a healthy diet.