First, the athlete should maintain a healthy diet every day, not just on game day, for overall well-being.
Suggested foods:Some kind of pasta is a good lunch or dinner choice.
Others:Cereals and grains
Peanut butter crackers
Peanut butter sandwich
Avoid dairy products high in fat. Low fat yogurt would be fine.
Adequate fluid intake is important before and during the game to avoid dehydration... but again, too much is not good medicine. In addition to water, sport drinks or fruit juices are good choices.
If your practices or games are late in the afternoon, right after school, make sure you eat breakfast and lunch that day. Some fruit like bananas or oranges one hour before the practice or game would be a good booster.
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