- Do what you've practiced: Don't change things because it is game day. You should be doing the same dynamic warm up that you normally do before practice or before a training run. You've already put in all of the work to be successful. On game day, show up and do what you've practiced.
- Fuel the body: Your primary goal on game day should be focused on fueling the body. You want to make sure that you have enough blood glucose supply to prevent you from bonking. Stay with foods that you are familiar with and avoid big meals. It is recommended to snack throughout the day of competition. Make sure that each snack contains some protein, fats, and quality carbohydrates.
- Avoid foods that make you uncomfortable: It is easy for an athlete to be overly amped up and over stimulated on game day. This can make it harder to tolerate larger meals or foods that take longer for your body to digest. Make sure to eat foods that make you feel good and are easy on your stomach. Experiment with eating a variety of foods before your practices to see what makes you feel good and able to reach optimal performance.
Are you an athlete that is confused about what your nutritional plan for game day should look like? Wondering what you should eat and/or what time your meals should be at? Here are three simple guidelines you should follow.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CFNS, is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He is the Immediate Past President of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, as well as by the International Sports Science Association (ISSA) as a Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Ryan has worked with children with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.