It is important to be properly fueled and hydrated before and after working out or playing field hockey. I have hinted at this before in previous posts, but sometimes feeding and hydrating yourself is a topic that can be easily overlooked. It is kind of a given that all humans need to eat food and drink water, but as a college athlete, it is even more important to be eating the right foods in the right amounts at the right times. Surprisingly, proper eating habits can actually help to improve your ability in your sport. Eating right can help ensure your body has the energy it needs for being active.
At Mercyhurst, we have been lucky enough to be able to have a nutritionist come and teach us how we should be eating and re-hydrating ourselves. She gave a PowerPoint presentation, and she even made us sample smoothies. Afterward, she gave us the recipe for different kinds of smoothies and suggests of the groceries we should buy.
One of the most important times a field hockey player should be conscious of what they are consuming is during preseason. The average person should be eating around 2000-2500 calories a day. However, an athlete needs to be eating a lot more calories than that especially during preseason when we have more than one practice a day. Plus, field hockey preseasons are always hot, so it is also important that we are drinking enough water and/or Gatorade before, during, and after practice. Coach will even give us a small break in the middle of practice just to be extra sure we are drinking enough.
Additionally, we have rule that declares no one is allowed to diet during season. At meal times, the coaches will come around to make sure girls are eating more than just a salad. This standard was put in place to make sure girls would not pass out during practice or a game which has happened before.
The night before a game I like to eat a meal filled with lots of carbohydrates like spaghetti or macaroni and cheese. Additionally, I try to drink a bottle of Gatorade or water both the night before and the morning of a game. That way I do not feel as tired during a game because I am so hydrated I feel like I pee water. However, there is one downside to drinking so much liquid; I feel as though I have to pee every 5 minutes. But, I would rather have that than pass out on the field!