Goalie Training: When You SHOULD Have Sport Drink
To drink or not to drink, that is the question. Picture the last time you were in a dressing room before a game – were you or your teammates drinking a sport drink? Do you think that is necessary?
Do you have teammates who swear sport drink is unnecessary and insist that all you need to drink is plain old H2O?
You know that my specialty is strength and conditioning. I am not a registered dietician, so to answer this question I brought in Lisa Cianfrini, MSc, the London, Ontario-based Registered Dietician that I send my athletes to for nutrition counseling.
The passion I have for training hockey players is matched by her passion for all things nutrition. And she grew up with a house full of brothers who all played hockey, so she knows that part of it too.
Here’s the scoop on sports drinks in less than three minutes:
No time to watch the video?
No problem, here is what you need to know “Twitter-style” (in less than 140 characters)
- You DON’T need a sport drink before the game, so just drink water.
- The electrolytes in a sport drink WILL help you, but don’t start drinking it until the end of the first period.
- You will drink MORE sport drink than water because of the flavour.
That’s it for today.