对于足球来说,未来的球员会偏向素食吗?

2020年05月14日

来源:柴老师国际教育服务

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英格兰曼彻斯特(路透社)- 英格兰足球一度臭名昭著的饮酒文化的时代已经过去,如今很少再有专业球员将曾经被视为必要的“牛排和薯条”列为他们最喜欢的食物,在球员的自身管理方面,事情朝着和过去完全不同的方向在发展。

受到营养师,体育科学家,外国教练和队友的影响,你只需看看现代英超联赛球员的体格,就会意识到他们非常重视健康和营养。

比赛节奏比以往任何时候都更快,要求也更苛刻,而争夺名额意味着年轻球员会去寻找任何可以改善他们表现的“边际收益”。

对于某些人来说,这意味着完全放弃使用肉类而采用植物性饮食。

诺威奇城21岁的后卫Caleb Richards则更进一步把自己的饮食经验和思想归纳编写,出版了一本名为《过渡-运动员素食指南》的电子书。

去年被美国坦帕湾罗迪斯队租借的Richards也受Netflix电影《游戏改变者》的启发,试图放弃食用肉类。

这部2018年发布的纪录片,以Arnold Schwarznegger和一些素食运动员,例如UFC战斗机James James,超级马拉松运动员Scott Jurek和六次夺得一级方程式世界冠军的Lewis Hamilton为例子,赢得了一批忠实追随者的同时,也受到了一些批评。

Richards说:“纪录片让我觉得这或许有一点用,但没有完全说服我。”不管怎么样,他仍然决定尝试这种方法。

这位出生于索尔福德的球员决定尝试两周不吃肉,之后他立刻看到了成效。

“我看到了成效。在训练中,我的GPS装置上记录的最高速度提高了每秒0.5米,这对冲刺而言是巨大的进步。”

“这样的突破进展说服了我,并让我对接下来的发展感到期待。我觉得自己的状态维持得很好,并且充满自信。这是因为我选择了新的饮食习惯还是偶然?我不知道,但我感觉很好,并愿意继续尝试素食。”

Whether it be the influence of dieticians, sports scientists or foreign coaches and team mates, you only need to look at the physique of modern Premier League players to realise they take health and nutrition very seriously.

The game is faster and more demanding than ever and the competition for places means young players, in particular, are on the lookout for any ‘marginal gains’ they can make to improve their performance.

For some that now means giving up meat altogether and adopting a plant-based diet.

Norwich City’s 21-year-old full-back Caleb Richards has gone a step further by putting his experiences and thoughts on his diet into an e-book called ‘The Transition - an athlete’s guide to a meat-free diet’.

Richards, who was on loan at U.S team Tampa Bay Rowdies last year, was prompted to try to give up meat by the Netflix film “Game Changers”, which he watched in January.

The 2018 documentary, which features Arnold Schwarznegger and vegan athletes such as UFC fighter James Wilks, ultra marathon runner Scott Jurek and six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, has won loyal followers but also received some criticism.

“It persuaded me slightly, but not enough to convince me that it genuinely worked,” said Richards, who nonetheless decided to experiment with such an approach.

The Salford-born player decided to try two weeks without meat and noticed immediate benefits.

“I saw results. My recorded top speed on my GPS unit at training, increased by 0.5 metres per second, which is huge when it comes to sprinting,” he said.

“That marginal gain alone had me convinced and feeling good about what more was to come. I was consistently having days feeling at my best and as confident as ever. Was this because of my new food choices, or was it coincidence? I didn’t know, but I was happy with how I felt and was willing to continue.”

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