Manchester United's Chris Smalling Credits Vegan Diet For Lack Of Injuries

The pro footballer says that after years of reduction, he's now 'fulliy vegan'
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‍Smalling says plant-based eating helped him clear his tendinitis (Photo: Instagram)

Pro footballer Chris Smalling - of team Manchester United - credits a plant-based diet for safeguarding him from sports-related injuries.

'Fully vegan'

The athlete, who has said he is now 'fully vegan', had been reducing his consumption of animal products for a number of years prior to committing to the change.

He told ESPN: "My wife is vegan and has been vegan for a few years.

"She cooks a lot at home and half the time I was eating vegan anyway.”

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Smalling says his wife, Sam Cooke, has been vegan 'for years' (Photo: Instagram)

'Better and better'

Struggling with inflammation and tendinitis, Smalling opted to remove red meat from his diet entirely in an attempt to reduce his symptoms.

He said: "It causes a lot of that inflammation and when I was cutting that down, the tendinitis started to go. 

"It used to be quite a problem in terms of all warm-ups because getting going was a bit of a nightmare. 

 "I ended up cutting that out and my tendinitis has got better and better and I've started to feel it less."

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Football pro Hector Bellerín also recently switched to a plant-based diet (Photo: Instagram)

'More good things'

Smalling emphasized that vegan eating encourages him to incorporate 'more good things' in his diet - and that he reaps the rewards of the habit. 

He said: "Ultimately, what you're feeding yourself has a bearing on how you're going to perform." 

He also mentioned that his teammates have been inspired to try his food - despite none of them being vegan themselves. 

Plant-based athletes 

In adopting a plant-based diet, Smalling joins such athletes as fellow footballer Hector Bellerín, and Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton. 

Similarly to Smalling, Bellerín and Hamilton have both credited their diets for improvements to their performance, recovery, and health.

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