Blog posts of '2015' 'June'

Pre-practice Nutrition, What Should You Eat? (Quiz Inside)


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?


Take the quiz here and find out!


Does apparel truly affect sports performance?


Why is sports performance apparel worn by nearly every athlete at every level from youth sport to professional ball player? Do the outdoor elements such as heat really have an effect on athletes for moisture management apparel to be effective?


There is no question, yes. Heat has a tremendous affect on athlete’s health, raising the potential of heat exhaustion, dehydration, muscle cramps and heat stroke. Body temperatures increase dramatically during the warm summer season, inhibiting players from performing at the highest caliber level.


It is important to know how the body primes athletes to perform at their best, even in warm conditions…


What does our body do to combat this heat and cool our bodies?


We sweat, and sweat a lot.


The good news is, the apparel we choose to wear underneath the uniform can have a positive affect on our performance in the heat. The bad news… many are making the wrong choice.


You see, sweat has the ability to hold an athlete back from performing their best.


When you sweat, there are some fabrics that will stick to the body, inhibiting its natural cooling process by not allowing moisture to evaporate.


Also, clothes that absorb sweat can become heavy, leaving you hot, still sweaty, and carrying additional baggage while trying to perform.


But what if you could dress yourself with performance apparel that was tight, supported your muscle and still did its job by keeping you dry?


This is one of the driving factors of Hammer Strength Apperel.


Hammer Strength® Apparel provides the highest-grade moisture management technology, allowing you to wear a tight compression or semi fit shirt and effectively evaporate sweat to keep you cool and weightless. 


How? Check out the video below and see how Hammer Strength® Apparel moves sweat directly from your skin, to the outside layer of your shirt to be evaporated. The true sequence of apparel designed for optimal athlete performance.



Are You Properly Hydrating Your Young Athletes

Proper hydration could not be anymore important for youth sports athletes, especially during the summer season.


Baseball is reaching midseason, high school sports camps have begun and football season is around the corner.


What can young athletes use to rehydrate and replenish for optimal hydration and performance throughout the warm summer season? We’ve listed the best type of drinks below:


Sports drinks of course are highly acclaimed as should be to hydrate and replenish athletes with nutrients. Not only are these sports drinks loaded with fast acting carbohydrates for quick energy and nourishment, but these products also contain a higher sodium content which causes athletes to drink more so they can better stay hydrated throughout practice and game day.


These sports drinks also replenish athletes with electrolytes which help maintain proper water balance within the body, as well as assist in the contracting and relaxing of your muscles (this is key for performance).


What about water? Yes, water is a sufficient hydration source and should be consumed pre-practice. During practice and games however, sports drinks have been proven to be more effective than water and more popular to drink by athletes. The more athletes are drinking, the better. This is why sports drinks reign supreme.


Juices and soft drinks should not be considered a source of practice or game day hydration. These types of juices do not contain electrolytes, as do sports drinks and are usually high in sugars – that is all.


Are you properly hydrating your young athlete? We all want our young athletes to perform their best, feel their best, and most importantly, have the time of their lives playing a game they love. Hydration helps improve all of the above.


Hammer Strength® Apparel is about supplying athletes with the best. All the way down to the fabric touching your skin. Are you doing everything you can to be the best?

What do you know about hydration? Take our quiz!

With athletic programs beginning summer camps, and baseball reaching it’s peak heat season, parents need to be aware of the importance of hydration for their young athletes.


Proper hydration not only enhances your child’s decreased risks of dehydration and other heat related illnesses, but also enhances the function of the body, allowing young athletes to perform at their peak level of performance.


 Some of the major functions of water in our bodies include:


Maintaining proper cell health and function in the body

Aiding in blood circulation

Moisturizing the skin

Lubricating joints (especially important for young athletes)

Helping the body absorb nutrients

Protecting vital organs


And so much more…


It is vital to consume water throughout the day to ensure proper hydration. Specifically before any practice, game, or workout, athletes will want to consume 16-20 oz. of water before activity, within a two hour period.


During exercise, athletes will need to consume 4-8 oz. of water, every 15-20 minutes.


And post workout or practice, athletes will want to replace 24 oz. of water for each pound of body weight lost.


These are all regulations set by the American College of Sports Medicine.


With the summer season here and in full effect, keep yourself well versed in the proper hydration techniques for athletes.


Want to test your knowledge on hydration? Let’s see if you remembered some of the facts discussed above.


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