Snacks and Dehydration

  • What should post-game snacks include? While it is ok to have cookies or brownies at the end of a competition or practice as a reward, an athlete's body needs carbohydrates and protein to recover. Peanut butter crackers are a good example of a snack that has a good amount of protein and carbohydrates. Sports drinks help replenish the electrolytes lost.
  • What are the effects of dehydration? An athlete will go through decreased performance. This could start in less than an hour of practice or even immediately, if the athlete began practice dehydrated. Signs of dehydration are thirst, irritability, headaches, weakness, dizziness, cramps, nausea, and decreased performance. Drink a minimum of 64 ounces of water a day. It is important to salt your food as well. Avoid sodas, coffee, etc.