Nutrition is important in assisting Umpires achieve maximum performance on the sporting field.
The foods Umpires consume each day of the training week between matches have two important functions. They:
There are several key nutrients that are of particular importance to Umpires.
Umpires also need to understand the importance of hydration to ensure maximum performance.
From an umpiring perspective, smoking reduces the fitness potential of the athlete.
Take the umpire nutrition quiz to test your understanding.
For more information on diet and nutrition please visit our nutrition section for coaches.
Sally Garrard, a Sports Dietitian - Nutritionist from Apple to Zucchini, provides this quiz to test your understanding of the nutrition and dietary requirements for umpires to be at their best.
1. A meal is best eaten _______ before umpiring.
a) 1 hour
b) immediately before (to give a burst of energy)
c) 2 - 4 hours
d) 4 - 5 hours
2. Which of the answers below describes the benefit of a sports drink?
a) Provides water for hydration
b) Provides electrolytes for water absorption in the intestine and to maintain blood volume
c) Supplies carbohydrate to provide energy
d) All of the above
3. Which of the following meals constitute the best choice when attempting to fuel up before umpiring?
a) Steamed fish and veggies
b) All Bran cereal and yoghurt
c) Banana and honey sandwiches
d) Protein Plus Power Bar
4. During muscle-building regimes, umpires should consume how many grams of protein?
a) 0.5 to 0.7g/kg body weight
b) 0.8g/kg body weight
c) 1.2 to 1.6g/kg body weight
d) 2.2 to 2.6g/kg body weight
5. During exercise/umpiring the need for vitamins is generally is increased.
6. There is a direct relationship between density of spinal bone and _______.
a) Exercise exertion
b) Weight loss
c) Regular menstruation
d) Iron deficiency
7. When carbohydrate fuel (glycogen) in muscles is used up, it is difficult to maintain the high initial workload unless the blood glucose concentration is elevated by carbohydrate feedings. This may happen in the 3rd or 4th quarter and umpires call this condition:
a) The training effect
b) The second wind
c) Hitting the wall
Please record your own answers before viewing the correct answers.
For further information from Sally Garrard visit the Apple to Zucchini website.