Some athletes like to pig out before games, and others don’t like to eat anything at all. In this article, I’m going to break down what is actually the most effective way for athletes to eat, have the most energy, and get best performance during a game.
It’s extremely important to have your pre-game nutrition on point, because, if you don’t, you could end up sick, cramped, and not performing. (I would have done anything to avoid cramps in high school sports)
This means less playing time, disappointment in yourself, and not taking your athletic career to where you want to take it!
To start, you’re going to want to pick a food or foods that will digest quickly. Having undigested food in your stomach is not good for performance… you’ve probably experimented this before! Not fun… right?
We will also want a food that supplies our muscles and bodies with energy throughout the game.
Lastly, we will want to know exactly how much of this food to eat, and when, so we’re getting that balance between proper digestion and energy.
As far as water goes, we want to time it so we are already hydrated before the competition starts. According to one of the top sports nutritions in the world, Joe Friel, being hydrated can not only keep you from breaking down protein for energy during the game (which isn’t good), it can also help prevent hypoglycemia, which leads to that light-headed, dizzy feeling I used to get all the time when I played basketball!