Dietary supplements for consideration in elite female footballers

Sheridan, HC, Parker, LJF and Hammond, KM 2021, 'Dietary supplements for consideration in elite female footballers' , European Journal of Sport Science , pp. 1-17.

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The physical demands of professional female football have intensified in recent years. Supplements are only advised in addition to a healthy, balanced diet, but may warrant a greater prevalence in the professional game to support well-being, recovery, and performance. Supplements used by players should be safe, legal, and scientifically proven to be effective. An individual approach should be taken to using supplements dependant on the needs and goals of the player. Female players should aim to improve the frequency of protein intake throughout the day, whilst tailoring doses to individual body mass. Vitamin D supplementation is vital throughout the winter months in countries with limited sun exposure, however doses should be administered based on individual blood test results. Iron is likely to be important to the well-being of female athletes throughout the season, in particular during the menses. Omega-3 and collagen may be of greater benefit to female than male athletes during recovery from soft tissue injury, whilst probiotics and creatine are beneficial throughout the season for reducing risk of illness and optimising recovery, respectively. Ergogenic supplements for football include beta-alanine, nitrate and caffeine. Caution should be taken with caffeine use due to the varying tolerance of difference athletes and sleep impairments that can follow.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Sport Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1746-1391
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Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2021 09:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 16:34

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