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  1. Introduction
  2. The body's ability to dispose of heat loss
  3. Exercise in the heat
  4. Dehydration
  5. Sweat rate
  6. Pre-competition preparation
  7. During competition
  8. After performance
  9. Conclusion
  10. Bibliography

This paper examines the nutritional needs of the athletes. Though there are numerous sports, this paper evaluates Marathon and racing as the example of stressing the importance in athletes. This paper is designed to provide recommendations for British Athletes during the Olympic Games to be held in Beijing.

Athletes often experience the fatigue. The main causes of fatigue are usually dehydration and carbohydrate depletion. However, thermo-regulation will be a major factor of fatigue in Beijing.

The athletes will face an enduring flight to Beijing from London. Minimum flight times are 13 hours with an expected stopover. It is advisable that athletes go to Beijing at least two weeks in advance not only to recover from this exhausting flight, but to adjust to the 7 hour time difference and for their bodies to adapt to the heat and humidity.

[...] Drink 16-24 ounces of fluid for every pound of body weight lost. CONCLUSION The games in Beijing 2008 aim to be an enchanting Far East experience. The Great Britain team faces an enduring flight and will have to adapt to the west to east time difference. British Olympians will have to battle with the extreme weather conditions as well as battle with competitors on race day. Planning and preparation will be vital to successful games for the British teams. In this booklet, examples of a two week preparation to the games was used, however, preparation will need to be in place, months leading up to the games. [...]

[...] It is important that when the athletes start training in Beijing after acclimatization that they run at race intensity for one hour and follow the below procedure: Do a warm up where perspiration is generated Urinate if necessary Weigh naked on an accurate scale Run/cycle for one hour at intensity similar to the targeted race Drink a measured amount of a beverage of your choice during the run/cycle Do not urinate during the run/cycle Weigh naked again on the same scale after run/cycle Record the data. [...]

[...] Source: Carbohydrate intake within two hours of endurance exercise is essential to building adequate glycogen stores for continued training. The reason for this is that carbohydrate consumption stimulates insulin production, which aids the production of muscle glycogen. Combining protein with carbohydrate in the two-hours after exercise nearly doubles the insulin response, which results in more stored glycogen. Carbohydrate to protein ratio for this effect is four grams of carbohydrate for every one gram of protein. Solid foods can work just as well as a sports drink, a drink may be easier to digest make it easier to get the right ratio and meet the 2-hour window. [...]

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