Fuel for the Game

Whether you play football in high school, college or professionally, fuel should be a part of your game! Providing your body with adequate nutrition at halftime can help your energy stay up, your mental acuity stay sharp, and your blood sugar stay normalized…all key to a solid game.

So what should you eat? When you think of what gives you energy, three things should come to mind: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Carbohydrates are your body’s are a great source of energy and thus digest very quickly to fuel the current activity. Both protein and fat provide satiety and slow down the digestion process which prevents a blood sugar spike.

Look for Friday’s article to see specific examples!
–Amy Goodson

amy-goodson-quarterback-ranchAmy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian for Ben Hogan Sports Medicine and serves as the sports dietitian for the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, FC Soccer Dallas, Jim McClean Golf School, Texas Christian University Athletics, and University of Texas at Arlington Athletics. In addition, she is an adjunct professor and dietetic intern preceptor for Texas Woman’s University, Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Arlington and is a state media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. . She received her Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications from Texas Christian University and Masters in Exercise and Sports Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.