Nutrition & Hydration: Before, during, and after 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.  [email protected]

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Sports drinks are ideally suited for a high intensity ‘stop-go’ sport like hockey. Drink up!


Since the body is predominantly water and performance during a game can be enhanced by being properly hydrated, it makes good sense to focus on drinking fluid before, during, and after games. Fluids can come from many sources: water, sports drinks, and food (before and after games). A good indicator of players being properly hydrated is their urine will have a slight yellow colour to it.

Sports drinks are ideally suited for a high intensity ‘stop-go’ sport like hockey. Drink up . . .



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