Athletes are always striving for the perfect body fat to muscle ratio in order to optimise exercise performance. Weight, strength, speed, agility and endurance are highly dependant on body composition. Achieving an ideal lean body mass combined with a personalised training program and diet are all intrinsically linked with optimal athletic performance. Therefore, a DEXA scan is an important tool that allows you to objectively measure the effectiveness of your training and nutrition program, and if changes need to be made.
The scales do not accurately depict whether the weight being lost or gained during a training program is lean muscle, or fat, and therefore a detailed body composition analysis is important. For athletes, knowing their total body composition is much more valuable than simply measuring fat or weight. A DEXA scan allows athletes and sporting teams to monitor and develop specific training programs that achieve the desired results, develop personalised meal plans and other nutrition strategies, monitoring progress and optimise athletic performance. It is for this reason that many athletes and sporting teams use DEXA to:
- Monitor the effectiveness of new training regimes and nutrition programs
- Assess nutrient requirements pre, post and during competition and develop meal plans (e.g. athletes with higher muscle mass typically need more calories and protein compared to athletes with higher body fat)
- Monitor changes in body composition and dietary intake during the off season (e.g. during the off season when athletes are typically on a tapered maintenance program, many are still fueling for competition despite working out significantly less
- Help formulate a training programs that build muscle and/or reduce fat, or both
- Establish a baseline, from which athletes can compare their lean and fat mass distribution to elite athletes in their respective sport or at your position