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Ramadan – The Fast in the Lives of Moroccan Football Players
Ramadan – The Fast in the Lives of Moroccan Football Players

Author(s): Corina Țifrea, Sidi Hassan Cherkaoui
Subject(s): Islam studies, Demography and human biology, Sports Studies, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Fundatia Română pentru Inteligenta Afacerii
Keywords: Ramadan; Performance football; Physical performances; Sport;

Summary/Abstract: Ramadan (in Islam), the ninth month of the Muslim year. During this period, from the sunrise to the sunset, a total abstinence is practiced, no food, drink, nor any other nutritional substance can be introduced into the body through any method, but after sunset. Practicing daytime Ramadan (fats) sport burns primarily the sugars and fatty acids that circulate in the blood and then asks the body to focus on glycogen stores, fats and proteins. The energy deficit leads the body into a "suffering" situation. In such a situation, it is difficult to get performance without the necessary amount of energy. Exercising intense effort calls for other sources of energy, such as fats and proteins. The use of muscle proteins for energy purposes leads to changes in contractile fibers and weakens the muscle tissue. This risk is even greater if the hydration is not correct, a situation often associated with the absence of food intake. Associated dehydration increases the risk of tendon and muscle lesions (tendinopathy, elongation, breakdown). During the Ramadan month, physical and sports performance is significantly reduced. Coaches have to take this into account. Programming competitions during this period is not very compatible with a high performance sports diet and with the idea of performance.

  • Issue Year: VI/2018
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 125-127
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English