Solving for: 2nd half fatigue

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Presentation

A 23-year-old midfielder reported feelings on fatigue early in the second half of matches.


Reasoning

Alongside subjective symptoms, match data highlighted that total distance and sprinting was also significantly reduced in the 2nd half. A comprehensive review of the players match day strategy was conducted. This indicated that carbohydrate was insufficient at 2 key time-points (MD-1, Pre-match meal).


Action

A fuelling trial was set up on a training day first, to increase intake to 6-8 g kg body weight. Whilst carbohydrate-rich foods and fluids were used in the pre-match meal.


Result

In the subsequent matches, the player's high-speed and total distance increased, alongside subjective energy levels in the second half, with no negative GI discomfort.


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