For an athlete, breakfast plays an important role in performance. It is the foundation for an athlete’s daily nutrition.
When an athlete wakes up in the morning, his or her glycogen levels are at 40 to 60 percent. This is not enough to maintain blood sugar levels and keep high energy until lunchtime, especially if there is a workout or game in the morning.
How can athletes perform their best if their bodys are only at 40 percent glycogen?
Skipping breakfast misses the opportunity to replenish glycogen levels to 100 percent and last until lunch.
Athletes often look for a quick boost to gain an edge.
Some – including youth players whose bodies can’t handle the elevated levels of caffeine – are turning to caffeinated energy drinks to provide a burst prior to practices and games.
This is a short-sighted and sometimes dangerous approach, said St. Vincent Sports Performance sports dietician Lindsay Langford. A proper diet and adequate hydration provide young athletes all the energy they need.