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5 Tips for Athletes Eating Before the Big Game

If you've been training for an athletic event -- a big game, a marathon or other intense workout -- it's important to eat the right foods to support your body when it needs proper nutrition most. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these five sports nutrition suggestions:

1. Make sure that you eat three to four hours before your event.

2. Prepare your body with a high-carbohydrate meal.

3. Stick to foods that are easy for your body to digest; stay away from fried foods.

4. Steer clear of high-sugar foods and drinks for at least an hour before your event.

5. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. One-to-two hours before, drink 20 ounces of water; 15-to-30 minutes before, drink another 10 to 15 ounces. If possible, drink 3 to 6 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during the event.

By the Dept. of Health and Human Services



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