Nutrition & Hydration: 3-4 hours before a game

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]

View all posts
If a proper pre-game meal is eaten with carbohydrates, protein, and fluid, then the blood sugar will be at the right level to provide important energy for the brain during the game.
5
(2)

Introduction

The 3-4 hour pre-game meal is important for preparation of a game. This meal should consist of carbohydrates to “top up” what was eaten 24-hours prior and in previous meals during the day.  Relatively smaller portions of protein (chicken, fish, beef, etc) are also important, as well as fluids. The 3-4 pre-game meal should be easy on the stomach so that there is no, or limited, bloating and flatulence.

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

Part 1: Nutrition & Hydration: 24 hour pre-game meal

THIS PAGE IS FOR MEMBERS ONLY

ACCESS WITH YOUR 10 DAY FREE TRIAL NOW

This is for members only, please sign up or login to view

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 2

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

Since you found this post useful...

Follow us on social media!

We are sorry this post was not useful for you...

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Add comment