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Pre-Match

   When preparing for a tennis match it is good to eat at least 2
hours before your competition. This gives the body time to move
the food out of the stomach before the activity. Eating less than 2
hours before will result in your blood flow diverted to the
stomach to aid in digestion instead of to the muscles.

   Try to eat something light like a sandwich or pasta. Stay away
from fried foods like cheeseburgers and fries. Avoid any soft
drink with caffeine. Caffeine is a diuretic which move water out of
the body and could make you dehydrate sooner. Soda pop like
Coke, Pepsi, Mt. Dew, Mr. Pibb, Dr. Pepper, tea or coffee all have
caffeine so be sure to avoid before the match but after is okay.

   Also you don’t want to load up on too many sugars so soft
drinks might are not good. The best is water and maybe a little
sport drink. A sugar high may seem good to start with but as the
match progresses your sugar level will drop significantly. Be sure
to drink plenty of water to fully hydrate the body.

   Next we will talk about nutrition during the match.

Doug Hofer, USPTA          www.hofertennis.com        Januray 5,
2012
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