Many kids these days are very active in sports – both at and away from school. It is important to make sure they are getting the proper amount of rest and fuel to make sure they are at their best for sports and school.
Brooke de Lench – a mom, former athlete, youth coach, author and founder of the sports parenting resource MomsTeam.com has provided some really good tips that I am thrilled to share with you. Brooke has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, and has also served as a consultant on HBO Real Sports and ESPN youth sports related shows.
With the school sports season underway, the nation’s 30 million middle and high school athletes face challenges like never before. Competition for roster spots, playing time and athletic scholarships is at an all-time high. Mothers of these athletes are equally challenged with ensuring their kids perform their best in school and on the playing field.
To help, sports parenting expert – Brooke recommends the following game plan:
Blow the Whistle at Bedtime. Studies show that students need nine hours of sleep but only get about
seven. Set a consistent “lights out” time for turning off the computer, cell phone and television so young
athletes get the rest they need. Consider docking texting and gaming devices away from their bedroom to
reduce late-night distractions.
Fuel the Burn. Active young athletes need at least 3,000 calories per day for peak performance, so they
need to eat very frequently. Help them maintain energy throughout the day by sending them off with
healthy, high-carb, low-fat snacks such as energy bars, trail mix or dried fruit to munch at their desks (if
it’s ok with the teacher). Students with early morning workouts should eat two breakfasts – one before
the workout and one before school. So, send athletes to practice with a snack to help them recover and
Be Proactive About Hydration. Staying hydrated during the school day is challenging. In fact, studies
show that many student athletes start their sports already dehydrated, making it difficult for them to catch
up during activity. For safety and performance reasons athletes need to be hydrated no matter what the
season, and water isn’t enough because it doesn’t hydrate as effectively as a sports drink like Gatorade
that is scientifically formulated with fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly replace what athletes
lose through sweat and provide energy to keep them at the top of their game.
Use Sports Sense to Power Schoolwork. Great athletes are disciplined, focused and dedicated. Help
young athletes channel these qualities to manage their schoolwork as well. Encourage them to use free
time at school to review notes or knock off smaller assignments. Also, coach them to tackle the tough
stuff first. Young athletes will be tired after sports, so they should finish priority and difficult homework
earlier in the day.
Don’t Forget the Fun. Youth sports may be increasingly competitive, but the top reason kids play sports
is to enjoy the game. Look out for warning signs that students are struggling to enjoy the experience,
and work with them to find a solution. Warning signs include: complaints of sickness at practice or game
time; slow return to practice after injury; nervousness, anxiety or anger before, during or after the game;
practices well but plays poorly.
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