New Update 1/15/22. See below.
There's more to being healthy than just working out. Improving your athlete's physical and mental well being will lead to success, not only on the court but in life.
Everyone needs to replace the nutrients they used overnight and re-hydrate. Of particular importance are carbohydrates and protein. Protein helps you feel satiated, carbs provide energy.
The general rule is to drink two cups of water or sports drink per hour. Even when kids are not active, they should strive to be hydrated. They should urinate 4-5 times per day and urine should be clear and pale.
A diet low in calcium can lead to stress fractures and longer recovery times from injury, Essential for getting oxygen to muscles, iron is needed for energy and endurance.
More than just snacking, a lunch with a balance of carbs, protein, fruits, and vegetables helps replenish what their bodies use to play.
It is extremely important for athletes to get the correct amount of sleep. Their bodies need time to recover and reset so that they can continue to play. This is beneficial for cognitive function and improves reaction times.
These things are ok in moderation but try to avoid them right before and during a game or tournament.
Try out these 5 ingredient Peanut Butter Energy Bites!
These can be made so many different ways and they're quick and easy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
As the head athletic trainer for the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, it's my job to make certain that the athletes remain healthy and limber for competition. Tight muscles can lead to poor performance and injury, and increasing flexibility can help improve these conditions.
Many changes are taking place in our culture that influence the mental and emotional well-being of today’s student-athletes. The pressure associated with student-athletes’ daily routine can create intense emotional responses. The time, energy and effort put into developing skills in a given sport can result in imbalances in other areas of life. Developmental and environmental influences shape emotional, motor and social aspects of the brain. Eating patterns, impulse control and interpersonal relationships are also affected.
Just as an athlete needs to refocus after a bad play or a missed serve, a young person being encouraged to vape needs to step away, collect information and make an informed decision. Don't look like these two .... LOL.