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Helping Your Winter Athlete (& A Gatorade Giveaway)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am In Promotions,Winter | Comments Disabled

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As you know by now, football is a big deal around our house. And baseball. And hockey. Golf. Tennis. Disc golf. And NASCAR — if that counts as a sport.

Even my kids who aren’t really cognizant about sports know that you must root for the Chargers, or at least against the Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs. That’s just how we roll around here.

Our family has not got into organized sports teams — yet. But I know the time is coming.

While winter seems like an ideal time to let down your guard about hydration, it’s still important to be mindful of how you fuel your atheletes — even during winter.

Youth sports parenting expert and MomsTeam.com [6] founder and editor-in-chief, Brooke de Lench [7] offers these tips for parents:

How to help your child perform at his best during winter 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’ [8]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.

This week three LifeasMOM readers will receive a Gatorade Fuel Pack, including a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods and a six pack of Gatorade 02 Perform from the G Series.

To Enter

Simply tell us your favorite winter sport.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 19th at 8 pm, PST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email. You must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.
:: For more holiday inspiration and daily giveaways, check out The Christmas Fun series. [9]

Disclosure: I received a Gatorade [8] Fuel Pack and the preceding information, courtesy of Gatorade. My opinions are my own. For more information, read my disclosure policy. [10]

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