Sports nutritionist, specialist in the psychology of eating behavior, Alexandra Poroshina, in an interview with , explained what heavy loads and undernutrition are for athletes during major tournaments.
At the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova won gold, beating compatriot Evgenia Medvedev by 1.31 points.
– After the 2018 Olympics, Eteri Tutberidze said that Alina Zagitova literally ate nothing but water. Are such serious measures justified to obtain the best result?
– I doubt that Alina can compete on the same body of water. Probably, there were only serious restrictions. It should be understood that this is the highest risk of injury and a decrease in immunity. Very often, athletes get sick after competitions, due to stress and malnutrition, the work of internal organs is disturbed, viruses stick together as quickly as possible.
If you look at the side of the coaching staff, the country, then probably the casualties are justified. On the part of the athlete, the risks are justified only in the moment. A teenager rarely thinks about the consequences, he thinks: “I am young, I can handle everything, there will be difficulties only now.” Neither the parents, nor the coaches, nor the athletes themselves have the slightest idea of the long-term consequences. Hypothetical question: if they knew where this would lead, would they continue to torture themselves like this? said Poroshina.
Source : MatchTV
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