Nutrition & Hydration: 24 hour pre-game meal

Mike Bracko

Mike Bracko is a skating coach, skating researcher, strength & conditioning coach, and fitness educator. He holds a Doctorate degree in Exercise Science and Biomechanics and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach through the NSCA. He played hockey in the AJHL, BCHL and NCAA (University of Illinois-Chicago). He does skating clinics with 300–400 hockey players every year specializing in 1-on-1, small group, and team skating with male and female players ranging in age from 8 years old to pro players.  He is also the strength & conditioning coach for the USA Men’s Deaflympic hockey team. www.hockeyinstitute.org  [email protected]

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The meal a player eats 24 hours before a game is an important one because it takes approximately 24 hours for the food to be digested and used as a source of energy for muscle contractions during a game.
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Nutrition is an important element of game preparation. Although most players, parents, and coaches understand that a pre-game meal is necessary, it is lesser known that the meal eaten 24 hours before a game is crucial. This is because it takes approximately 24 hours for the food eaten to be digested and absorbed into the muscles to be used as energy during the game.

This story is one from our six-part series on the importance of nutrition and hydration.

The meal a player eats 24 hours before a game is an important one because it takes approximately 24 hours for the food to be digested and used as a source of energy for muscle contractions during a game . . .

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