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"Keeping Up Energy at Long Tournaments?"

Bill,

You've been around the game a long time and I'm still fairly new to all this. My son Jake has a heck of a time with matches later in the day. He's usually nervous and doesn't eat/drink well, although he's getting a bit better. Might I ask what you suggest to try and keep the energy levels, both mental and physical, up when you have eight or nine matches through a 10-hour day? Is this just something they get used to? Kids he can work over easily early in the day can beat him if he wrestles them late in the day just because he can't keep enough gas in the tank to finish.

Nic Holbrook
 

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The thing that seems to work best with my kids is protein. Sugar can give them a boost shortly before a match, but the longest lasting energy is protein. So I try to keep things like beef jerky on hand. It stays with them, and the salt helps them a little in terms of not getting as dehydrated. Other than that, I keep things like fruit leather, because itís not a lot of mass, but has a pretty good punch, so they donít get sick wrestling on a stomach thatís too full. And other snacks like chips or crackers are good for a carbohydrate punch, so they can get some energy without a real meal. (Of course, they always have a good breakfast before wrestling that morning, too.)

The kids do adjust to the stress levels, but those are some things that I try to do. When my kids start feeling like they need more protein and Iím out of jerky (or theyíre just tired of it for the day), they come ask if they can get a burger or a hot dog. I donít think that they realize that theyíre asking for protein, itís just their bodies telling them what they need.

I hope thatís helpful. I donít claim to have a silver bullet. But that seems to work with my kids.

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