You need to be fueled well to perform well. Not just with physical performance, but for mental nourishment for learning plays and reactiing efficiently on the field.
Nutrition plays a vital role in the performance for any athlete and any sport type.
The question is, what are you suppossed to fuel yourself with before practice, games, and workouts?
The answer is found in carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are the main energy source your body utilizes to fuel your brain function and your activity level. Carbohydrates are found in foods such as pasta, rice, breads, milk, yogurt, cereals, fruits, and vegetables.
Some examples of the perfect pre-practice foods include: sweet potato, whole grain raisin bagels, and fruit mixed into yogurt.
Be sure to consume plenty of carbohydrates 1-2 hours before activity along with moderate protein sources such as turkey, boiled egg whites, or lean chicken breast. A protein shake would be a substantial, quick digesting protein source as well.
There is a specific carbohydrate source you want to consume in the 1-2 hour, pre-practice window and that is, whole grains.
The complex carbohydrates found in whole grains take longer to digest and will work as a long, sustainable energy source for athletes during practice. Some carbohydrate sources you want to avoid before practice include sugary sodas, candy, chips, and white bread, as athletes will burn through this carbohydrate source very quickly.
However, a sports drink or piece of fruit will prove itself sufficient 30 minutes before practice following you complex carbohydrate meal. Keep a sports drink with you as well during practices as athletes will need carbohydrate replacement as well as electrolyte replacement throughout the day.
Can you answer all 5 questions right on what athlete's should be consuming pre-practice, game, or workout?