How to Prepare for a Sports Game

Winning a game is great! However, if you don't prepare, your health could be at risk. Please continue reading for more information.

Steps

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    Go to bed early so you can get a good rest. Try to get at least an extra hour of sleep. If you can, take a 10-20 minute nap before hand.
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    Drink at least 32 ounces of water a day. You may also consume sports drinks, but make sure they do not take the place of water. Remember, water is a necessity, while a sports drink is optional.
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    Start exercising as soon as possible.
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    Eat a healthy diet at least 2 weeks before. That means very little junk food. Eat a lot of carbohydrates because they give you energy. Avoid high fiber during this time. On game day, drink nothing but water.
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    Eat carbohydrates 2-4 hours before the game and drink water.
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    Run or practice the sport for at least 1-2 hours each day. This will help you do better when the game date arrives.
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    Run a warm-up and stretch the day of the game. If you choose not to do this, you could get injured.
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    Grab a bowl of fruit and a glass of water to get you refreshed before the game. Don't eat too much, just a snack.
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    stretch to avoid injury.

Tips

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Listen to music... Get in the zone.
  • One day before, make sure you consume a large amount of carbohydrates. This term is referred to as "carb loading" -food usually consisting of pasta, bread and/or potatoes!
  • Start practicing earlier or in the off season.
  • Don't eat a lot of food before the game. This could cause you to throw up during the sporting event, but don't starve yourself or you may be low on energy.
  • Try not to get too nervous, although some nervousness can be beneficial as it can help you focus.
  • You should really only be doing dynamic stretching before games. Static stretching is more fitting for post-game.
  • Before bed do something active so you will want to sleep but go an hour early to bed so you get enough energy for the day.

Warnings

  • Don't over-practice. You may get sore or even injured.
  • Avoid exercising more than 3 hours a day.

Article Info

Categories: Sports and Fitness