Gatorade wants to help fuel the conversation about winter sports. Will your children be participating in any winter sports? My 4 year old will be signing up for sports for the FIRST time this winter! We are still debating a bit between T-Ball and Soccer as every time we asked he tells us a different answer to which he wants to play! I was really excited to get to work with Gatorade to post some great tips for winter sports and try their G02 Perform line. The orange flavor I was able to try was pretty good. I had never tried Orange and it was surprisingly good! I still prefer my favorite flavors though: Gatorade Glacier Freeze and Fruit Punch! I always was really appreciative of Gatorade for the $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card to help me get prepared when my son starts sports in just a couple of weeks!
Brooke de Lench, youth sports and parenting expert as well as founder and editor-in-chief of MomsTeam.com, is here to offer tips for your children for upcoming winter sports tryouts. Brooke has been featured on major TV networks and was even a consultant for HBO Real Sports and ESPN youth sports related shows.
Tips for parents on how they can help their child perform at their best during sports tryouts:
- Ensure your athlete gets enough sleep. A tired athlete, especially one still playing fall sports,isn’t going to be able to perform at their best during tryouts. You can help by setting a consistent “lights-out” time for turning off the computer, cell phone, MP3, and TV, so your athlete gets the rest needed for peak performance.
- Fuel Sports Nutrition gaps: Athletes typically have little time in the school day to eat before tryouts, so they start on an empty stomach or choose ineffective sources of fuel based on what’s readily available. Athletes need to be properly fueled before, during and after tryouts, especially multi-day tryouts, to get the most out of their bodies and perform at their best. Make sure your athlete has the right fuel when it’s needed by packing scientifically developed sports nutrition products like Gatorade’s G Series to provide the fuel, fluids and nutrients athletes before and during sports, and the fluid and protein they need to recover after a grueling day of tryouts.
- Be pro-active about hydration: Even mild dehydration can keep an athlete from performing at his/her best during tryouts. Staying hydrated during the school day is particularly challenging because athletes often can’t or don’t remember to hydrate properly or regularly. Athletes need to be hydrated for sports, no matter the season or the weather. Water does not hydrate as effectively as a sport drink like Gatorade that is scientifically formulated with fluid,electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly replace what athletes lose in sweat and provide energy to keep them at the top of their game.Remember that thirst is not a good indicator of hydration, so encourage athletes to drink on a schedule.
*I received a Gatorade Fuel pack with a 6 pack of Gatorade and a $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card for free to keep in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site. Actual experience may vary. Thank you to the sponsor for allowing me to review their products!