There are over 15 sports that students can participate in at South. That means there are well over 15 different ways athletes can prepare.
One athlete at South tries to stay on the same routine through her entire track season. Senior, Jordan Lenz, focuses on getting a good amount of sleep and staying hydrated while in-season, but gets more strict when big meets begin.
“Staying hydrated is super important to me because I run the 400 meters in track and that takes a lot of endurance,” said Lenz.
Sports nutrition shows that when athletes train regularly, they need to drink one half to one whole ounce of water (or other fluids) for each pound they weigh per day. You should always make sure you are staying hydrated before, during and after exercise.
While being hydrated is the most important thing involved in Lenz’s routine, South soccer star Zach Nay does not like to prepare much for big games. He believes it psychs himself out and that every game should be played the same.
Rather, he just focuses on always getting a good night’s sleep, in and out of season. Sleep experts recommend athletes nine to ten hours of daily sleep for teens and adolescents. Less sleep can have negative impacts on sports performances, particularly for power and skills in the sport.
“It all starts with a good night’s sleep. I wake up the morning of a game, look into my mirror, and remind myself that it is game day,” said Nay. “Right before a game, I will usually eat a banana and listen to some pump up music.”
After over 10 years of playing soccer, Nay has come to realization that this boosts his performance because once he goes through the similar steps, his mind and body knows that it’s time to execute.
“It has taken lots of trial and error to figure out what works best,” Nay said.
Unlike most sports, Georgia Clark, junior, prepares for swim meets very distinctly; that is, shaving her legs and putting on a suit four times too small. These suits are meant for high performance and are very pricey, but gives every swimmer a good mindset before racing.
“When big meets are coming up, we start tapering, which is basically just resting more and swimming less at practice. This helps us perform our best on top of shaved legs and a fast suit,” Clark said.
When it comes to tennis player Cooper Hayes, junior, including protein in his diet is the most important step in his routine. He started this routine when he was younger from his Mom.
“I like to eat pasta before and after everything because it helps boost my energy and gets me prepared for a match,” Hayes said.
Hayes’s routine is different between practices and matches because he does not think that practice is as big of a deal. But he continues to go through the same routine before each match.
There are many different rituals and routines athletes go through to get ready for their event. From what they put in their body to how much sleep they get, every athlete has some tradition and method to perform the best. How do you prepare for your event?