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These extra pounds that threaten athletes to recovery

Beware of the verdict of the scales! Footballers and other top athletes risk the yo-yo effect at the end of confinement, when they will have to regain a healthy weight after several months of reduced activity.

Beware of the verdict of the scales! Footballers and other top athletes risk the yo-yo effect at the end of confinement, when they will have to regain a healthy weight after several months of reduced activity.

(AFP) – If the streaks of Maradona, Adriano, Ronaldinho, André-Pierre Gignac or Antonio Cassano have remained in the annals, it is not uncommon for players to gain a few extra pounds after the holidays. But this time, it’s less the caipirinha evenings in the nightclub than the hindrances to training and the delights of home cooking that threaten, as summed up Aaron Ramsey, Welsh midfielder for Juventus Turin.

“I am following the work program that the club sent us, but it is not the same as group training. I have to be careful not to get fat. My wife likes to cook and I like to eat, it’s a dangerous combination. At home we have lots of cookies for the kids and I taste them every time I have tea. ”

With the degradation of training and the maintenance of caloric intake, athletes risk both muscle loss and an increase in fat mass, a combination feared by Xavier Frezza, physical trainer working with professional footballers.

“They manage well”

“Athletes do a lot of sport, so they have a fairly rich diet linked to their activity. If their activity is lighter – which is the case here – and they keep the same diet, this is the trap. You can quickly gain some weight, combined with a lack of form, ”he explains.

The threat is particularly serious for athletes who consume heavy diets to fuel intense training, such as swimmers. “The big problem for me is food, because I’m a big eater. But when you do less sport and spend less, ”said Florent Manaudou at the start of confinement. “I want to keep myself in shape because I know that if not, going back to the water will be difficult.”

Conversely, many athletes are used to paying attention to their weight, whether to maintain their level of performance, to comply with standards in sports where aesthetics count, or simply to be authorized. to compete in weight category sports, explains Eve Tiollier, nutritionist at Insep, the incubator of French sport.


The confinement forced the managers of fitness clubs to review their strategy. To keep in touch with their customers, they use social networks and the many applications on the market.


“For the moment, they are managing well and the indicator we have – the weight – remains relatively stable. They all have a training program, and I have no sign that the anxiety and boredom associated with the situation have a major impact on their behavior, ”she adds.

As for Cristiano Ronaldo, a “monster” in terms of physical preparation, he trains his whole family.


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