HOUSTON (September 01, 2015)

Nutrition is important not only before your young athlete hits the field, but also after. Drinking or eating the right meal after physical exertion can help their body recover while also preparing for the next practice or game.


How to Refuel

When choosing the best post-sports nutrition for your child, it is important to remember the three R’s. Athletes should aim for plenty of fluids, carbohydrates and moderate protein. For optimal recovery, it is best to consume something within the first 30 minutes to one hour following practice or games. Liquids and solids work equally well, but most athletes prefer liquids immediately following exercise due to lack of hunger. A few examples of refueling meals include:

An Expert Opinion

Whether your child is a football player, gymnast, soccer player, or runner, our experts understand the key role nutrition plays in achieving athletic performance. Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute-Memorial City offers a comprehensive suite of nutrition-based testing and counseling services.