With the competition season officially starting in just 3 weeks there are some things to remember. First of all stress is going to be the biggest factor that will take away from your ability to perform at peak performance. It is important that you don’t let the stress of longer practices and no relief from regular school and social responsibilities affect your sleeping and eating habits. When we get stressed with life these basic yet extremely important needs tend to fall to the bottom of the list. As the competition season approaches your coach is going to demand you poor your blood, sweat and even tears into your entire routine and then make you do it over and over and over again. This is where the proper nutrition and adequate amounts of sleep come into play.
To perform at peak performance an athlete needs to get the proper amounts of sleep every night. Th key is to develop a consistent routine for sleep by making sure you go to bed around the same time every night. also, you’ll want to avoid caffeine within 6 hours of your normal bed time. Also, you will want to avoid working out or even eating within 3 hours of your bedtime. Power naps are an athletes best friend, if you nap keep them short and to the point. 45 minutes is long enough to re-energize and make sure they are not within 3 hours of your regular bed time.
Athletes must develop and follow a good nutrition plan throughout the entire season. The days leading up to and those following a competition are extremely important for nutrition as well, complex carbohydrates are key during these days surrounding a competition. This will assure you have the maximum amount of stored energy to exert during your routine.
If you can keep sleep and nutrition at the top of your list ofevery day important tasks then you are sure to be able to perform at your peak performance. Then all you have to worry about is attending every practice, learning all material, and keeping in shape.