Proper fueling for athletes is important for not only in-game performance, but for recovery. As games increase, your body begins to fatigue, and it is important to know the proper technics to refuel and recover through even your longest tournament days.
Staying well hydrated is essential for sustaining optimal energy levels, as well as preventing muscle cramping and maintaining a safe core body temperature. We sweat during exercise to dissipate heat and keep cool, and to limit the increase in our core body temperature. If an athlete does not replace the lost sweat, they can become mildly dehydrated. A baseball player can play not only multiple innings in a day, but sometimes multiple games.
Hydration is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing process. To stay properly hydrated it is essential to continually hydrate in the days and hours leading up to practice and games and it's not just fluids; foods can be hydrating as well. Yogurt, soup, smoothies, fresh fruits and vegetables all have a high-water content, and are beneficial to consume days before and the day of sporting events. Aim for half of your body weight in ounces of fluids.
Carbohydrates are the dominant fuel for the contracting muscles and brains of athletes during sports. It is important to consume carbohydrates at regular intervals during the day, along with smaller amounts of protein and fats.
Maintaining an optimal diet has many benefits to athletes, including improved and consistent performance, enhanced recovery, maintaining ideal body weight and composition, and a reduced risk of injury. Whether a weekend warrior or professional athlete, carbohydrate rightfully receives a great deal of attention in sports nutrition.
As a baseball player it is important to make sure you are proper fueling your body during games, practices and recovery. You are only as good as you fuel your body.