Tammy Roberts, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
Eating healthfully helps an athlete to reach maximum potential. Good stamina and energy are a result of eating healthy meals on a regular basis. The timing of meals and choice of food can also have an impact on physical performance.
One of the most important things for a young athlete to know is that the energy they use on game day actually comes from the food they have eaten over the past several days so it is important to eat well every day, not just on game day. Eating well every day means eating a variety of foods from all of the food groups…
For guidance on what athletes should eat before and after game day, see the full article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut307.htm