Many athletes establish a pre-game routine to prepare the mind and body for top performance. The routine varies but each should include an effective nutrition plan to prep the muscles for power and endurance. Performances due to great pre-game nutrition can maximize endurance and recovery.
- Plan to eat several times a day using regularly spaced meals and snacks to help meet caloric and nutrient needs
- Eat a diet rich in complex carbohydrates
- Drink sufficient fluids to stay hydrated during training and competition periods.
- Eat a diet that contains a variety of foods from breads and cereals; fruits; vegetables; meat and meat substitutes; and dairy foods
Pre Game Meals – Basketball and Most Sports
Pre-game meals should be eaten 2-4 hours before your warm-up. If your warm-up starts at 2:30pm you should be eating a meal or snack every 2-4 hours prior. For example: Breakfast between 8 and 9am: Bowl of cereal, fruit, toast and jelly, juice
Lunch between 11-12:00 noon: Cold cut sandwich with lean meat and mustard. Fruits, granola bar, and water or juice.
Snack 1-2:30: Sport Drink (64 oz or more) to keep blood sugars stable.
2:30pm WARM-UP starts: GOOD LUCK!
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