Foods to Optimize Athletic Performance Before, During & After Competition


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Which of the following is NOT a reason athletes desire a high level of 'glycogen'?

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1. How might an athlete boost glycogen stores before a competition?

2. David is a top triathlete, getting ready to race. In order to avoid digestive issues during the event and remain a front runner, David should limit his intake of which nutrient(s) in his pre-competition meal?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the foods that best optimize athletic performance. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the importance of glycogen and smart food choices for before, during and after a sports competition.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The energy stored in the liver and muscles
  • The term for an eating strategy meant to boost glycogen stores before competing
  • The nutrients to avoid before an event
  • The best foods and drinks to ingest during a competition
  • What to eat after a competition

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as glycogen and glucose
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on foods that optimize athletic performance
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how carbohydrates impact energy levels and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what to eat and when

Additional Learning

To learn more about the foods that best help athletes in their competitions, review the corresponding lesson on Foods that Optimize Athletic Performance. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define glucose and know where it's stored in your body as glycogen
  • Understand why athletes carbo-load
  • Know what to eat or drink pre-competition, mid-competition and post-competition
  • Recognize the risk of hyponatremia