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Every individual’s nutritional needs should be treated differently in terms of the position they play or what their goals are.

The MiMentor ‘Fuelling For Performance’ course, with our expert Jennie Carter, looks at how nutrition plays a major part in the performance of players. With a focus on carbohydrates, the main energy source for high-intensity work, the module considers the type of food, the quantities and the right time to consume before, during and after training.

The course also considers nutrition periodisation, matching food intake with a periodised training programmes.

This course will give you a solid understanding of the importance of nutrition in relation to performance and, in particular, the role of carbohydrates. You will learn about preparing an effective nutrition plan, focused on individual players, using the correct portions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that will maximise player potential.

You will also gain knowledge of the best sources and types of carbohydrates to ensure that energy demands are met, as well as the importance of fuelling correctly for training and matchdays to aid recovery.

Five Lessons

Nine Audio Talks

Two Quizzes

Recipe Cards

CPD Certificate

01: Quiz

The course begins with a quiz to test your knowledge of what you already know about sports nutrition.

02: Importance of Nutrition

Performance isn’t 100 per cent determined by nutrition, but it plays a huge role. In this section, Jennie discusses the importance of nutrition, particularly in young players, and looks at key food groups.

03: The Importance of Carbohydrates

Why are carbohydrates important for fuelling performance? This module discusses the main macronutrient that provides energy and looks at how carbs support enhanced performance.

04: Recommended Carbohydrate Intake

The amount of carbohydrates a player requires depends on multiple factors and is explored in this section. How to alter the plan due to player goals, position, amount and type of training, and if it’s a matchday is also discussed

05: Training Nutrition

What a player consumes before, during and after training is very important and in this lesson Jennie looks at the types of food, and quantities, that can be taken on board during a training day to help fuel the body and optimise performance.

06: Matchday Nutrition

Matchday nutrition plans should be individualised and the content of the plan will depend on player position and kick-off time. In this lesson, Jennie offers advice on the nutrition timetable during matchday, and shares some example plans.

07: Quiz

Test your knowledge now you have completed the Fuelling For Performance course.

08: Recipe Cards

Download our recipe cards to make your own meals and snacks that can enhance your team’s nutrition prior to training and match days.

Jennie Carter is a performance nutritionist who has ten years’ experience within professional football, working with players on a one-to-one basis, group workshops and general nutritional strategies to boost performance.

Having previously worked with West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, Jennie currently oversees nutrition for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottinghamshire Cricket Club and is also a lecturer on the sport and exercise nutrition program at Birmingham City University.

“It’s important to know that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to nutrition,” says Jennie.

“Every individual should be treated differently in terms of the position they play or what their nutritional goals are.”

Fuelling For Performance

The ‘Fuelling For Performance’ course is also part of our Expert Series, along with our Building an Elite Culture for Athletic Development, Decision Making, Media and Applied Sports Psychology modules.

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