The Effects of Nutrition and Ergogenic Aids on the Performance of Swimmers

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Over the years swimming has become a skill that is beneficial for the body. It burn calories and it is a great way to push one’s endurance level. There many advantages to this activity such as the nutritional value from healthy dieting and the muscle strength gained from moving the arms and legs. However, some athletes decide to be influenced by drugs in order to show faster results instead of natural changes. This includes vitamin and mineral supplement, human growth hormones and erythropoietin. With a balanced diet and dedication to long-distance swimming the athlete can drastically see improve in their performance.
Nutrition is a key component in a swimmer’s performance. (Collins, 2012) If a proper nutrition from one’s diet is not there, the performance level of the swimmer will decrease. (Collins, 2012) Progress of performance is accomplished by progressively stressing one’s body and allowing it to recover. (Collins, 2012) So when the athlete doesn’t get adequate nutrition, recovery cannot happen and therefore progress of the performance is not possible either. (Collins, 2012) Without a sufficient nutrition, the longer the athlete trains, the athlete will feel fatigue, stress and metabolic waste will accumulate in the body. (Collins, 2012) If the athlete is not getting enough food in one’s body, the athlete will experience chronic fatigue, frequent illness and trouble sleeping which ultimately leading to poor swimming performances. (Collins, 2012) A healthy diet is required so the athlete can perform at his or her best.
A long distance swimmer uses the aerobic energy system because a 1500 meter courses could take about 15 minutes to complete. (Collins, 2012) The aerobic system uses cellular respiration so the swimmer...

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