By: Dana Filatova, Hockey Dietitian
The culmination of the hockey season is upon us. Its playoffs time! Exciting and stressful at the same time, it puts a lot of physical and emotional demands on hockey players. Not only there is a stressful demand of performance - scoring and playing a good game, there is also worry about the behind-the-scenes busy work – what foods to eat? How much water to drink? Does anything need to be different from the regular season?
The key components of optimal, elite performance can be summarized with “P” and “C” constituents. Lets say the physical demands consist of “P” words (planning, preparation, and persistence/perseverance) and cognitive (emotional/mental) demands consist of “C” words (control, composure, concentration, commitment, confidence, and consistency).
The three “P”s of physical performance are:
By: Pearle Nerenberg, Sports Dietitian
IF YOU START A GAME DEHYDRATED OR DEHYDRATE MORE THAN 2% OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT DURING A GAME YOU ARE NOT OPTIMIZING YOUR ON-ICE PERFORMANCE.
By: Denis Collier, Hockey Dietitian
The minor hockey seasons of my youth were always capped off by the provincial tournament over Easter vacation. Our team would load on to a bus and drive hours to some small town where we’d play 5 or 6 games over 3 or 4 days. One year we even flew to Labrador. These tournaments were highlights not only of the hockey season itself, but of the entire calendar year. That includes Christmas and summer holidays. As I grew older and played higher levels of hockey the season concluded with play-offs – the more series’ the better! However your hockey season ends, there’s a good chance it will involve some kind of travel. Travel presents some unique nutritional challenges for athletes. The purpose of this article is to help you maximize your nutrition during this most important time of year.
When thinking about nutrition in traveling to a year-end tournament or play-off series I am reminded of one of the most fundamental principles in all of sports nutrition:
“A great diet won’t make an average athlete elite, but a poor diet can make an elite athlete average”.