With March designated as National Nutrition Awareness Month, it’s a good time to remind our young athletes about the importance of making wise food choices to help maximize performance. High quality carbohydrates, lean protein, and vegetables are all part of a recommended diet.

“Recognizing that food is fuel for our bodies, we absolutely want to optimize our fuel sources by choosing high quality food,” said Mary Ellen Kelly, RD, a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee. 

“We have to remind youth athletes that what they are putting into their body will absolutely translate to their performance on the field,” Kelly said. 

Kelly shared a number of nutritional insights in a new video produced as part of the US Lacrosse | MedStar Health & Performance Series.

Kelly notes that the food choices that athletes make the night before a game can be just as important as the food consumed as part of the pregame meal. The ultimate goal of nutrition is to rebuild muscle strength that breaks down during exercise.

It’s important to remember that being well hydrated for games and practices can also impact both physical and mental performance.

“Water should be the primary hydration source before games,” Kelly said. “Athletes can then add sports drinks in and around their games.”
 

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