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The Physiological Requirements of and Nutritional Recommendations for Equestrian Riders

Citation: Best, R., Williams, J. M., & Pearce, J. (2023). The physiological requirements of and nutritional recommendations for equestrian riders. Nutrients, 15(23), 4977.

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Equestrian sport is under-researched within the sport science literature, creating a pos- sible knowledge vacuum for athletes and support personnel wishing to train and perform in an evidence-based manner. This review aims to synthesise available evidence from equitation, sport, and veterinary sciences to describe the pertinent rider physiology of equestrian disciplines. Esti- mates of energy expenditure and the contribution of underpinning energy systems to equestrian performance are used to provide nutrition and hydration recommendations for competition and training in equestrian disciplines. Relative energy deficiency and disordered eating are also consid- ered. The practical challenges of the equestrian environment, including competitive, personal, and professional factors, injury and concussion, and female participation, are discussed to better highlight novelty within equestrian disciplines compared to more commonly studied sports. The evidence and recommendations are supported by example scenarios, and future research directions are outlined.

Item Type: Journal item
Uncontrolled Keywords: equestrian; nutrition; sports nutrition; alcohol; supplements
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Sport Science and Human Performance
Depositing User: Russell Best
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 00:45
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2023 00:45

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