Nutrition is key to every athlete’s overall success. What you eat everyday can have a huge impact on how you perform on a daily basis. What you eat before an event or game will be critical to your success. Right choices for a pre-game meal could give you the competitive edge you need.
Consume your pre-game meal two to three hours prior to the game or event. This will give your body plenty of time to digest what it has taken in. The right pre-game meal should provide you with a significant amount of energy. Your pre-game meal should be high in starch and low in sugar. Starch is a form of complex carbohydrate that breaks down and provides you (the athlete) with consistent energy. High sugar foods cause a rise in blood sugar which results in a period of quick energy followed by a quick drop in energy. That drop in energy can be costly to your success.
Also take in a good amount of fluid with your pre-game meal and avoid caffeine. Caffeine can cause dehydration and lead to cramping.
Overall, remember that your success can be influenced by your nutrition. Eating the right thing throughout the week and before an event or a game can drastically improve your chances for success. No one pre-game meal is right for every athlete but some choices are smarter than others. You as the athlete have to figure out the right amount of smart food your body needs to succeed at a high level.
CAMP Building Better Athletes LLC
Football CAMP Director / Performance Specialist