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Three Nutrition Tips for Youth Football Players

By PlayAYF Blog, 10/10/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Young athletes do not have the same capacity to store glycogen as adults so they need to eat more complex carbohydrates during the day in order to have enough energy stored up. 

In order to perform at their best, youth football players need to have the right food fueling their bodies.

You are what you eat, and what your children eat before they go to practice or a game has a dramatic impact on how much energy they will have on the field. We know that plenty of sports parents are rushing from one activity to the next, and they may not always be able to have a proper sit down dinner, but eating the right things at the right time is so important for youth football players.

Football Players Need Protein to Build Muscle

Protein is what helps repair and strengthen muscle tissue. Protein contributes about 10 percent of the total fuel an athlete’s body uses, while the remaining fuel is made up of carbohydrates and fat.