I Participate In School Sports - What Should I Be Eating And Drinking?

Published: September 16, 2013
Dear I Participate In School Sports - What Should I Be Eating And Drinking?,
I play sports all year long when I'm in school and just started back up this Fall. I just wanted to make sure I'm eating what I should be. Do you have any suggestions?

Dear I Participate In School Sports - What Should I Be Eating And Drinking?,

The Center for Young Women’s Health has a great article answering your exact question. For information on  what kind of foods are best to have when you are participating in sports or any kind of athletics, read Sports and Nutition – Fueling Your Performance.

The article explains what to eat and drink before, during and after workouts. Here are a few key points of the article to consider as well:

  • Carbohydrates are important in the diets of athletes because they supply the body with glucose for energy.
  • Fat is an important source of energy for longer exercise and endurance activities.
  • Protein helps build and repair muscles and small amounts of protein can be used for energy.
  • Certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, calcium, potassium, sodium are important.
  • Water is very important so that you stay hydrated.
  • Eat a variety of foods, eat regular meals and snacks, drink plenty of fluids and make sure to eat enough calories.

If you have any further questions or concerns, speak to your doctor, your coach and/or a nutritionist/dietician with experience working with young athletes. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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