Nutrition and your young athlete – Game Day tips from Nemours duPont Pediatrics!
Nemours duPont Pediatrics is a proud sponsor of LMLL this spring – supporting our league and keeping our kids healthy to ensure that they can keep playing the sports they love!
Nutrition is an important part of fueling a growing athlete. Kids need to eat the right amount and mix of foods to support higher levels of activity, but that mix might not be too different from a normal healthy diet. Eating for sports should be an extension of healthy eating for life!
Here are some general guidelines for athletes on game day:
· 3+ hours before the game: Eat a meal 3 hours or more before the game that includes plenty of carbs and a moderate amount of protein. Make sure the meal is low in fat and doesn’t include high fiber foods. Both can cause an upset stomach.
· Within 3 hours of the game: If kids eat less than 3 hours before game or practice, serve a lighter meal or snack that includes easy-to- digest carbohydrate-containing foods, such as fruit, fruit or vegetable juice, crackers, or bread.
· Post-game: Experts recommend eating carbs (fruit, pretzels, a sports drink, etc.) within 30 minutes after intense activity and again 2 hours later. Your child's body will be rebuilding muscle tissue and replenishing energy stores and fluids for up to 24 hours after the competition. So it's important that the post-game meal be a balance of lean protein, carbs, and fat.
For more information visit the full article on athlete nutrition!
If you have any questions or concerns related to your child’s health, Nemours offers well-childcheckups, same-day sick appointments, sports and school physicals, ADD/ADHD evaluations and treatment, vision and hearing services, and immunizations. Additionally, if your child needs to see a specialist or receive therapy services, there is a location near you.
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