Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sports Mums and Gatorade

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If you are a sports mum, have you ever wondered if you are providing your young athletes with the proper nutrition they need to perform their best in practices and games? I thought I had it all figured out. That is, until I was given some key information that all sports mums should know.

When my eldest son first started playing organized sports at age four, it was all about participation and fun. If he happened to learn a few skills along the way, then we felt as though we received more than our money's worth. For many kids, the highlight of the practices and games was the snacks, which typically comprised of some type of packaged sweet treat and a juice box.

Times have changed. Soccer practices are no longer just about dribbling and kicking as hard as you can. Rather, practices are a straight hour and a half of technical ball-handling, conditioning, strategy and play-your-heart-out scrimmages. After 90 minutes of intense exercise, my son's face is bright red (an exercise side-effect the poor kid inherited from me) and he is positively famished.

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As a sports mum, my role has moved from cheerleader (though I still relish that part) to food and beverage supplier. Considering that 70 percent of mothers have teens and tweens in competitive sports (that's 13 million of us in the United States), I am certainly not alone in wondering what types of fuel I should be providing to my young athletes. Gatorade, the leading sports drink maker, surveyed 900 mums to come up with some areas where we need guidance when it comes to our kids' nutrition.

For example, did you know:
  • athletes should re-fuel with protein in 30 to 60 minutes following exercise to promote muscle recovery,
  • seventy percent of teen athletes arrive at sporting events dehydrated, and
  • more than half of sports mums say that their kids are not properly fueled pre-practice or game.
As a result of this survey, Gatorade has set up a special site devoted to sports mums. In conjunction with the scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), the people at Gatorade are offering sports nutrition information and training tips to assist sports mums with the daily challenge of properly fueling their young athletes.

In addition, take the time to watch some Gatorade Videos, which include stories of mums who made sacrifices to help their children (some now professional athletes) perform to their full potential in the sporting arena.

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129 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I would find it helpful to know how often my child would need to drink to stay hydrated.

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i think it would be good to know what type of snacks are beneficial before, during, and/or after games

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Caroline said...

I would find it helpful to find out what kinds of foods would be good for athletes to eat after exercising and such.

Caroline said...

I would find it helpful to learn about foods to eat after exercising and such.

Shannon said...

I am always interested in new ideas for healthy, refreshing after-game snacks, and also good suggestions for breakfast on game day.

JC said...

It'd be helpful to know how to keep kids hydrated.

JC said...

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allysmama said...

I'd find it helpful to know just how much my daughter needs to drink during her game!
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Angel Jacklyn said...

I THINK A PROPER DIET & A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP SHOULD BE WELL KNOWN TO SPORT MOMS! THANKS FOR LISTENING! kytah00@yahoo.com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I would love to know what pre-game and post-game foods are the best for my kids. Thanks for the chance!

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Allison said...

I am always looking for new and exciting healthy snacks before and after games and exercising.

Tabathia said...

how many carbs do kids need before participating in a sport
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Tabathia said...

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ms-texas said...

i didn't know 70% show up to games
dehydrated - Guess I'd want to know ways to prevent that!

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Elizabeth Simpson said...

I am a sports wife, but not yet a sports mom. My husband and I like drinking gatorade after workouts or after working in the yard. I make gatorade smoothies using the powder mix. I did not know about the gatorade with protein, thanks for bringing this to my attention.

Ann said...

I like the info. provided on fueling on the Blogher site talking about bleacher moms. I thought it was interesting that peanut butter is one of the items to help in refueling in sports activities. We like to eat energy bars and granola bars.

Ann said...

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Tweeted

anonymous said...

The information I would find most helpful are suggestions of what kind of foods are recommended to give kids the protein that they need to refuel within 30 minutes to an hour of exercising.

MCantu1019 said...

I would like to know about good healthy snacks and how much (Gatorade) is needed to stay hydrated.
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susan1215 said...

I'd like to know how much Gatorade my children should be drinking while playing sports to stay hydrated

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mar said...

I would love to know which is the best food to serve them.

Cindy said...

We gave the kids a banana before the game and made sure they stayed hydrated. We also had families take their turn in providing either a snack or gatorade after each game for all the kids.
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Mysharona said...

I'd like to know exactly what foods are best to eat before and after events.

peg42 said...

Knowing what products and how much in quantity would help them stay hydrated would be helpful.
THanks so much.

Scott said...

Hydrating before the game is so important!
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Princess Golden Hair said...

I think it would be helpful if there was information about what to look for in kids as far as heat stroke or other heat related illnesses.

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nickieisis3 said...

knowing how to keep kids hydrated

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Rebecca Graham said...

I like to know about pregame and after game snacks and hydration.

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sarah said...

i learned to hydrate 30-60 minutes after athletic endeavors, didn't know that and it's important!

buzzd said...

good pregame snacks w/protein

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Peace Love and Pets said...

So many things, from hydrating during the game, good game day meals and good after game snacks

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Stephanie said...

how much hydration per pound body weight
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sweepmom said...

Information on what nutrients are necessary for young athletes before and after sports as well as the names of some good sources of those nutrients.

hale2005 said...

I would look for articles on hydration.

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ohkeeka said...

Finding out what the best type of drink for children is that keeps them hydrated, but isn't full of sugar or other bad things.

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clc408 said...

I think it's important to know about hydration and carbs.

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Deb said...

My boys play baseball and I always make sure they eat a good meal with lots of carbs and protein before they play and they love to take Gatorade with them to keep hydrated.

Deb said...

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caroltennis said...

plenty of water and nutritious foods

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Timbo said...

Best thing we do to fuel up afterwards is to take him to his favorite local restaurant, Mr. Gattis :D Italian buffet

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llinda29 said...

Feed them healthy foods

Tina said...

I will make sure my kids are well-rested and hydrated.
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Tina said...

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kolpin said...

basic nutrition labels
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debbie said...

I would like to know the best things to eat.
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Jennifer Neal said...

Healthy snacks and drinks!

Chip said...

Would like to know the best fuel that I can give them at dinner since their games are usually right after dinner.
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Lisa said...

What are the best foods for before and after intense activity. msmith572@yahoo.com

Lisa said...

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mmburdette22 said...

I would like information about healthy pre-game meals.

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marcia goss said...

I'd like to know what kinds of foods kids should eat before competing to give them the energy they need.
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Jeanentt said...

I like to read a lot of sports and nutrition articles.

Denise S. said...

I'd like knowing what foods give the most energy.
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bikeohio said...

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bikeohio said...

Make sure your kids are refueling with the proper mix of nutrients and sugars. Sometimes sugars ARE needed.

dawns41 said...

I have to agree with alot of the comments already made. Nutrition before competing or practicing is important.
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shelley said...

Yes I am a sports mom. My kids are in soccer, competitive cheerleading, wrestling and cross country. So just like you most of my weekends are spent camping out in a chair or on a bleacher rooting my kids on. I wouldn't change a thing though. I love watching them do what they do best. I am always so proud of them win or loose. I have never missed a game or match. They are only young once and I plan on cherishing every moment!

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clynsg said...

A lot of attention has been given to hydration, but information on correct food treats also is needed.

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mickeyfan said...

As the mother of a child with a chronic medical condition (diabetes), I would like to know if his needs are different than the other kids'...timing of food, sources of protein, amount needed to stay hydrated, etc...

Georgia said...

Good food, lots of sleep and lots of kisses!

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ababe28 said...

I would keep plenty of liquids available..and of course, make sure they eat something healthy before and after!
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Courtney said...

To make sure they are always hydrated and have on sunscreen. Those are my top of the list!

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msrodeobrat said...

what are the best types of foods to eat before and after games
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idahomom said...

I think parents need to be educated about what their kids are eating before practice and games. Do they really think their child should be eating pancakes before a soccer game?

Jolene said...

knowing how much they need to drink per activity and length of time would be great

ohstac said...

I am interested in learning more about injury prevention, especially in female athletes.
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snowluvnferret said...

I would like to know which foods to feed them to provide ultimate energy

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jennifer said...

What are good kid-athlete foods? Is it okay to give them protein bars or drinks?

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Lisa said...

I'm always second guessing myself...carbs or proteins? BEfore or after load him up? I would like to know a perfect meal before the game..and how far before. How about after

Janna @ Feed Your Pig said...

good nutrion and sleep habits
Thanks for the entry!
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Melissa O. said...

Which foods and drinks are the best from them to ingest beforehand and also the warning signs they've not had the proper food or enough liquid.

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Julieh said...

i like to know which foods provide good nourishment and energy.
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Erica C. said...

I'd love to know which foods are good the night before of a big game, and which foods are great for quick snacks to regain fuel.

Sarah Z said...

What foods, how much and when (before or after practice) would be great to know!
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Chisum Crew said...

I would find knowing the best pre-game and post-game snacks helpful. trinitygsd at yahoo do tcom

AB Smith said...

nice to know what is essential for his good health

marybug2 said...

I have to say when my kids were little, sports was not one of their things so I really did not have the experience of being a sports mom but the Gatorade did seem to be a favorite drink for my son. I remember it being Blue in color but that was a long long time ago.

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abitnerdy said...

I'd love tips on how to help them eat right :)

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guettel78 said...

I'd find it most helpful to know the earliest warning signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion to get the kids off the field and safely re-hydrated and rested before returning to the game.

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Kerry said...

I'd love to know what is best to eat the morning of a sporting event.
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Its Just Me said...

I always have my daughter hydrated before she plays

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jennifer8 said...

I would love to know what kinds of food to feed them on game days. reejen at comcast dot net

WWillows6 said...

I would love to know the best practice and game day food for my children based on age and best portions.
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llexine said...

I think it would be helpful to know what type of snacks to bring or feed them after practice or a game.

crystalf said...

I would like to know just how much they need to drink during a game to keep hydrated. Sometimes I'm worried my daughter drinks too much and will make herself sick out on the field. thank you!
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Tammy said...

Should they have more carbs or protiens before the game?

carolpie said...

What types of food to consume before and after-also drinks?
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Kitty Cardero said...

What are good portable snacks that provide good nutrition after games.

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pauline15 said...

Knowing which kinds of foods are most beneficial before and after to allow me to prepare a little better. Sometimes, with only a few minutes between games, it ends up being the drive thru.
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angie lilly said...

I would find it most helpful to know exactly what nutrients they loose during play so that I could better give them just those nutrients at home and not give them things they don't need or should not get!
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js22 said...

I think finding the best foods for them to eat, before and after the game would be great!
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Scott said...

I am not a sports mom or dad! LOL I'm not really into sports and never have been...more of a nature person here but I would guess that proper nutrition is key to a good performance, so I would definitely research that!
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Betty C said...

I would like to know how far in advance of an event can a full meal be eaten.
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Mari said...

I had no idea that up to 70 percent of all teens arrive at sports events dehydrated. Good to know...I'll pack extra drinks next time!

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Diane52 said...

It would be helpful for me to know the signs of dehydration on a child who plays sports...What should I be concerned about?
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Jinxy and Me said...

The recommended amount of liquid for weight/age would be helpful.

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Ardy22 said...

I would want to know what are the best energy bars would be and make sure the kids are hydrated with fluids like gatorade

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mail4rosey said...

I'd like to know what to def. NOT give to them before a game.

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