Fueling Basketball Players

A small High School female player training for an hour a day may need only 2,000 calories per day but a 7 foot professional player may need up to 6,000 to 7,000 calories per day.

Male athletes who train for more than 90 minutes per day may neeed more than 23 calories per pound of body weight. 200lb Ball player = 4,600 Calories

Basketball has eight different changes in movement and players average 997 changes in movement during a 48minute game- that equals to a change of movement every 2 seconds.
Only 15% of playing time in a basketball game is high intensity, but the high intensity is the determining factor between winning or losing.

Basketball players need more than 2.7 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight per day. During heavy training and competition carbohydrate needs increase 3.6-4.5 grams per pound of body weight per day.

Basketball players need .6 to .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. (lean proteins are ideal)

Basketball Players need at least .45 grams of Fat per pound of body weight. (Healthy fats: Olive oil, nuts, avocado)

SOURCE: American Dietetic Association

About Michael Atkinson

Mike Atkinson,CSCS, is the owner of Elite Pro Performance and the on court performance director at Sierra Strength & Speed. Considered to be a specialist of Keiser performance equipment, Mike is known as a hybrid basketball performance trainer focusing on strength, movement, and basketball fundamentals. Atkinson’s experience and current work with NBA Player Development Specialist Aubrey McCreary has given him a unique set of skills to train players on sports specific patterns and positioning at a professional level. Atkinson’s training experience includes work with numerous NBA draftees, multiple Division 1 athletes, and other professional clients. He has also worked as a performance consultant in the NBA Development League and has directed basketball performance training camps and clinics for youth athletes on the West coast.
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