Our expert says:
The day just before a sprint event (short burst of intense activity), is too late for serious carbo-loading which should have been completed about 2-3 days earlier. Athletes can probably use a normal diet for the day before such an event provided their body stores of glycogen in the liver and muscles are well topped up by eating large amounts of carbohydrates in the preparation period. Make sure that the athlete has adequate quantities of carbohydrates on the day of the event - approx. 1 hour before and then afterwards to replenish glycogen and counteract stress hormones. By now the athlete will know what carbohydrate sources to use which give him/her the best performance (i.e. sufficient energy without inducing stomach cramps, etc). The use of a product such as PeptoPro (i.e. carbs plus some protein) after the event can assist in muscle repair and carbohydrate replenishment.
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