Make sure your kids are developing healthy eating and sleeping habits so that they can succeed on and off the field.
No parent wants to see his or her child injured, but remember that learning from injuries is just as much a part of the journey as playing in the game.
Before a tough workout, hockey players should eat meals rich in complex carbohydrates to make sure they have the glycogen stores to get through their workouts.
For travel, make sure to bring items to snack on that do not need refrigeration, such as dried fruit, nuts, dry cereal, whole grain tortilla chips, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Coaches and trainers can help mitigate societal stressors and keep young athletes healthy through education and encouragement to get adequate sleep, to cross train, to practice good nutrition and to properly hydrate with water.
While swimmers tend to be known as capable of destroying vast amounts of carbs, don’t forget they need protein to keep muscle recovery going strong.
It may be that once upon a time, your child loved playing softball and she was good, so you became her biggest cheerleader and swept her along into private coaching and elite teams. But then she got burned out because that’s all she was doing.
One of the myths out there is that more is better. That can drive parents to sign up their son or daughter at a very young age for an abundance of sports activities.
High training volume and intensity, overscheduling, and early sports specialization are generally considered to be factors that increase the risk of overuse injuries.
You can have good health and perform well with a balanced diet, filled with a variety of foods, and enjoyed in moderation.
Don’t get sucked into the tempting negativity. You will come out of this stronger, more experienced, and happier than you were before. You will grow and learn from this experience. There is no doubt about that.
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