Despite the massive energy output required of NCAA college basketball players, the association keeps the average college player’s food intake to a three-meal-a-day regimen. Concerned that his team isn’t getting enough grub to fuel their lifestyle, University of Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari has called for a change to these restrictions.
According to the current regulation, athletes can only have their meals at the training table; no snacks are allowed; and food in dorm rooms is prohibited. Players have to to eat at the table or risk going hungry until the next meal. This is a serious problem when “players can burn about 2,500 calories per practice.” Calipari noted that players on his team have lost weight as a result.
Meanwhile, “the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association is backing Calipari and other coaches” as they seek “unlimited interval feedings” to keep players in top shape.
[via Sporting News]