Tips to keep the body in check during Hoopfest

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM

SPOKANE -- If you will be at Hoopfest this weekend and haven't trained much, don't worry, it's not too late.  There are still some things you can do to get yourself ready for competition.

Amy Black was a firefighter for six years.  These days she helps athletes reach their full potential.  Black said the key is to train smarter, not harder.

"The night before, you want to keep it simple.  Avoid spicy foods, don't eat anything you haven't eaten before, because you don't know what that's going to do to you in the morning," recommends Black.

She said whole grain pasta, breads and lean proteins will be your friend.  But when Saturday morning hits, don't skip breakfast.

"You want to get some fuel in your system.  Get your metabolism going cause if you just hit those courts, your body's going to start breaking down that muscle tissue for energy," said Black.

But perhaps the most important tip of all is to stay hydrated.  Black said just a 3% drop is going to effect your performance.  When you sweat, you lose electrolytes.  The loss causes an imbalance which could lead to cramping. 
 
Black said these pointers should help any athlete regardless of their skill set or competitive level.
 

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