Carbohydrates — the High Octane Fuel for Exercise

Adequate carbohydrate stores (muscle and liver glycogen and blood glucose) are critical for optimum performance during both intermittent high-intensity exercise (e.g. basketball and soccer) and prolonged endurance exercise (e.g. marathon, Olympic distance triathlon). During high-intensity training, athletes should consume enough carbohydrate to meet the energy requirements of their training programs and replenish muscle and liver glycogen between training sessions and competitive events (1).
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