Nutrition and Sleep Help Student-Athlete Perform at Her Best
This post was submitted by Amelia, a student-athlete and swimmer at Dexter High School. She will be swimming in 2018 for Eastern Michigan University.
Being a student-athlete is very rewarding, but takes a lot of effort and hard work. The busy schedule of studying for classes, homework, practices, and travel for competition is extremely fun, but sometimes makes it a little hard to take care of myself.
Practice and training are two obvious things that help me succeed, but there are other areas that influence my success as well: one being sleep. I clearly cannot be my best when I am tired. In school, I lack attentiveness and am unable to concentrate. I have to allow myself at least seven hours of sleep to be able to take on a day and to have a successful practice.
Another area of focus needed for success is nutrition. I need carbs, protein, fluid, and electrolytes to be ready to train. The proper nutrition helps me to recover after workouts too. I try to make sure that I have the right nutrition to help me reach my fullest potential in school and swimming. Along with a healthy diet, I also drink chocolate milk after my practices. It is packed with calcium and it is also very tasty. Without proper nutrition and rest I am more injury prone.
All of these areas are key to allowing me to perform at my best.