Game days can be stressful for not only the kids but the parents as well. One of the most important things to remember is pregame meals. Athletes need to prepare their body for their game and in order to do that; they will need the proper meals and nutrients.
Why is it Important?
The ability for the body to be at its best on game days relies on what the athletes eat and when they eat.Eating at the right times allows the athlete’s stomach not to be hungry during the game but also not too full to be bloated. It also provides the body with enough fluids for the game.
Solid vs. Liquid Meals
It’s important to eat solid meals such as rice, potatoes or something with high amount carbohydrates and very little to none fatty foods like chips and candy. It’s important to not have a solid meal 4 hours before game time because the stomach needs time and energy to digest all of the food.
Liquid meals such as instant – breakfast and Ensure are allowed to be eaten up to 2 hours before game time and provides the body proper nutrients and are easily digestible.
Things Not to Eat on Game Day
Junk food should be avoided on game day as it can lead to upset stomachs and diarrhea. Also stay away from spicy foods as it can also lead to upset stomachs.
For more information on Pre Game meals and tips please visit Dr Tom McCullough’s article at
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