Like all hockey families we had a close family we traveled with throughout the season. Our kids were teammates and friends.
The oldest son in this family continued to play high level hockey in high school. His dad continues to have dreams of the NHL for his son.
His son sustained an injury the first night of tryouts a few weeks ago. Doctor orders "the only activity you can do is walk" My friend's 16 yr old son is in a back brace while the fracture in his lumbar spine heals. Chances are he will not play hockey at the level he wanted to this coming year, his junior year in high school.
I have had several thoughts? It's hockey and injuries happen, but what was his vitamin D level. Why? Many youth ice hockey players play hockey year round and vitamin D deficiency is becoming more and more common due to the amount of time we spend inside.
My friend didn't know what her son's last level was.
So I ask you this: going into tryouts how is your skater eating? Are they eating enough calories to sustain their activity? Are they eating a variety of foods to ensure a nutrient dense meal and snack at each "fueling" session.
This week in THE RINK I will be focusing on 3 nutrients that will help the skaters stay focused in tryouts.
Why focus? The focused and alert skater will have the advantage.
I know you don't expect your skater to get hurt in tryouts and I know you understand the game of ice hockey.
Prepare your skater for success at tryouts.
- Make sure your skater is well rested
- Well hydrated
- Eating a hockey strong meal plan day in and day out, not just on the day before or the day of tryouts
- Use this meal plan guide to help you prepare Hockey Strong Meals and Snacks leading up to the weekend of tryouts.
Here's to your skater's success.
Hockey Mom RD