Updated on October 6th, 2014
- 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.