ath·lete (noun); a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina. (Merriam-Webster)
For some being an athlete in school is to be part of something bigger than themselves, to be a part of a team or to be involved in something. For some it is a lifestyle. But it should not be about alcohol and drugs.
Being in school sports is not a right, but an opportunity. Everyone given an opportunity determines how much it will benefit or hurt them School sports is an opportunity to be involved and learn about commitment, dedication and teamwork. It is also about having fun and learning a new skill. Live the life of an athlete on and off the field.
Tips for Athletic Maximum Potential:
- Drink protein/carbs immediately after workout (2:1 carb to protein ratio) then eat a well-balanced meal within 2 hours to maximize recovery
- The most important meals happen 18 hours prior to competition and right after the competition
- There is no way to make up for the defecits of lost sleep. High school athletes need 8-10 hours/day
- Athletes must drink 16-20 ounces of water per hour of physical exertion...2% dehydration=10% loss in performance
- Get your Vitamin B. Vitamins are essential for the body to function properly, but there may be a link between the B-vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, B-12 and folate) and performance in high-level athletes. The B-vitamins are called 'micronutrients' and are used to convert proteins and carbohydrates into energy. They are also used for cell repair and production.