Health; It Does a Scoreboard Good!

October 11, 2011
by Justin

Remember what I said? The best way for a successful football player on the field, is a healthy diet? Well, yes, it’s still true today. Recall what I told you last time about the do’s and don’ts to a healthy football player: Hydration is paramount. Especially for athletes. Liquid fuel met with high electrolytes is essential for any football player hitting the field. Secondly, what are you eating? Unless you’re a state championship wrestler who’s trying to cut weight for his tournament, you should be eating more than a celery stick. Thirdly, if you are eating, is it something that doesn’t repulse the body?

 

To get to the size of Andre Reed, Chris Carter, Peyton Manning, or John Elway, it is a sure bet, that there diet consisted of what I talked about in my last article.

 

So, here’s what I’m going to let you in on…

 

To be a successful football player you have to take in what helps make you go!

 

According to many high school coaches who are training their athletes to a better performance, and many of them I’ve personally received input from, they say that “you can never overlook a players diet. It’s imperative that a good healthy meal filled with protein, balanced carbs, and essential vitamins will ultimately effect what gets done on the court, the field, and all around performance”. Receiving input from your coach on plays and strategies is definitely a pathway to game glory, however, take into consideration that your coaches have experience too. They’ve seen what makes a player flop or score on the football field, and they watch your every move during practice. From personal experience, it doesn’t take an Einstein to point out which player has been munching on Hot Cheetos, burgers, and nachos on their lunch break, as opposed to oranges, chicken, egg salads, and 7-grain breads.

 

Furthermore, read your ingredients on the labels. There are many products out there with the guise of being healthy inject chemicals that have been used in paint thinner. Know what you’re putting in your body. It is paramount that processed salts that contain high levels of iodine don’t enter your body, because of chemical reactions to the blood stream and your eyes can be impaired. Not to mention, high levels of salt can be a factor that leads to diabetes. Also, high levels of salt, period should not be used. Salt is an absorbent, and leads the body to rapidly lose water leading to dehydration.

 

One not-emphasized enough point. The importance on reading ingredient labels is very important to your health for several reasons. For a personal example, when I was in football season in high school, peers, health class instructors, and even a few coaches that didn’t really clarify their commands, to eat certain things, instructed us. These items were carbs, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy meats. Now, to a high school student-athlete, in our minds we thought of what we were taught in our elementary school classes. The  first question our minds would race over, was: what’s a fruit? What’s a vegetable? What’s a protein? What’s a carb? We would answer, to ourselves, and others mind you: Oh yeah, cheese, tomatoes, meats, breads, bell peppers, spinach, and tomatoes. By those ingredients we just described a pizza. So, we would eat pizza; nachos because it had corn and cheese; corn dogs, because it had bread and meats, and chimichangas, because it had all of the above.

 

Then, we noticed something had changed. We saw some of our friends who took the sport very seriously. They took it so seriously in fact, that they went to extraordinary lengths to be recruited into college ball. So, we watched them. They would attend sports physiology sessions. Research healthy diets for student athletes. They would go to sports camps where they would be with like-minded football devotees who would advice them on how to eat to perform better on the football field.

 

Suddenly, we were so inspired by their example, we became devotees. We would drink protein soy health shakes in morning. We would go running on Saturday afternoons to get in shape. We would eat grilled chicken sandwiches or salads for lunch with kidney beans, and cultured cheese for lunch, and for fiber. We would eat only brown rice, fish, vegetables, and once a month steak for dinner. Now, these sound like something that is reserved for high school student athletes with a little extra money in their pocket. However, we shopped smarter, not harder. We’d look for the discount, unprocessed versions of food that we were trying to consume. We ate healthy, and guess what? We started to perform a lot healthier as well. Shockingly, by changing our diet, we not only felt better about our bodies, and health, but we ended up looking at the scoreboards, and felt even better about the numbers we started to see.

 

Caleb Nichols is a former student-athlete and sports blogger for Scoutme.com. Caleb has been writing for the past 7 years, yet enjoys sports as one of his favored composition missions. For up-to-date, health and sports information, you can follow him on www.scoutme.com (Caleb), and on Facebook, and Twitter.

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