Hi Junior, so firstly, what is your role at St Mirren?Most clubs will have a S&C coach, nutritionist, data analyst and a sports scientist. I’m currently filling all those roles, each day is very busy but I love it!!!
How important is high quality day-to-day nutrition at the club?Really, really important. That’s what fuels their actions, if they are not eating right or taking the correct supplements, they will have energy crashes, and a lowered mood. We try to guide the players with healthier, higher quality choices that provide them with the sufficient amount of energy required.
Which SOCCER SUPPLEMENT® products are used at the club?We use the WHEY90®, HYDRATE90® and the FUEL90®/FOCUS90® energy gels. We use all of these for both matchdays and training.
How important is it for the supplements to be Informed Sport tested?
Really, really important. We can’t have anyone at the club failing any tests. It gives me peace of mind when recommending and handing out these products to the players. Knowing they are Informed Sport tested means I can sleep well at night!
As well as a physical advantage, how does SOCCER SUPPLEMENT®'s professional set-up give a mental advantage on top of this?That’s your suit of armour. You go into battle with that on, you may not need it but it’s good to have it there. When the players take their supplements and you tell them why they’re taking it; psychologically, it gives them an extra % to their game.
Do you have a personal favourite SOCCER SUPPLEMENT® product and why?
Mine is the WHEY90®. The reason why is because it’s a nice way of topping up your daily protein intake. It’s good to know that when the players are taking WHEY90® they are hitting the required amount of protein intake to maintain or increase muscle mass and aid recovery.
What are SOCCER SUPPLEMENT® like to work with?Really good. Any questions I’ve needed to ask have been answered. The speed of the delivery is great. Any time I’ve asked for our stock to be replenished it comes in very quickly and we’re delighted.
Finally, what are your hopes for the rest of the season?We want to climb up the league and see all the teams hard work come to fruition. In terms of the sport science side of things, minimise injuries and keep the players fit and healthy. All of that would be a major win for us.
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