Insider nutrition from Bratislava’s Hockey Medicine Conference

29 June, 2016 ,

When Should Hockey Players Eat Before a Game?


Timing food before hockey is important to avoid having undigested food being held in the stomach where it is not able to be released to the muscles in time for hockey. These nutrients will delay digestion and limit how much energy gets to your muscles in time for hockey: Fibre rich foods absorb water and slow digestion; Fat rich foods delay gastric (stomach) emptying; Protein rich foods delay gastric emptying; and, Large portions of any food need more time to digest than small portions.

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Pearle Nerenberg

Pearle Nerenberg, MSc., R.D. is Canada’s leading expert on hockey nutrition, and author of the book The Nutrition Edge for Hockey Performance. She co-founded and chairs the Hockey Nutrition Network, an international non-profit organization dedicated to linking hockey players with top sports dietitians who have an expertise in hockey nutrition.

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