The Science of Eating


An important part of the game (and one that is often overlooked), is how a player fuels their body before heading out on to the field.  I’ve seen everything from teammates who chug two red bulls minutes before they begin warming up, to players that scarf down a 12 oz steak an hour before a game.  Oddly enough, neither of these approaches are very appropriate. 

While there are many NCAA squads and some MCLA programs that have nutrition coaches, a large amount of college and high school players have no clue how to eat in a way that will help their game.

Fortunately, the good people over at Hyperstrike have put together a how-to guide to eating for lacrosse.  Their advice includes:

  • How to eat during the off-season as opposed to in-season
  • Designing pre-game meals
  • What to put in to your body while games are in progress
  • Scheduling meals during away games or tournament play and;
  • Post-Game celebration advice

One piece that may disappoint many of my former teammates: “Avoid any alcohol 24 hours post-exercise if you have any soft tissue injuries or bruises. Alcohol and injuries are a bad combination, and it may actually increase swelling, bleeding and delay recovery.”