Your part before the season starts:

As your son or daughter enters his or her first weeks of training there are a number of areas that may be of concern to you as a parent. How can you assist them? What should you expect? How should a student-athlete prepare and deal with training and competition in terms of eating habits, sleep and mental attitude? 

As a rule, don't change any aspect of the normal daily routine. Everything should remain the same in terms of home responsibilities, appropriate eating, sleeping, and social habits.

Parents should be aware that a common result of initial training may be muscle soreness. Any athlete participating in intensive training could be subject to injury. All concerns should be directed to the coach and/or athletic trainer.

A well-balanced diet is an asset for any individual and especially those who participate in athletics. Any nutritional changes should occur gradually. On meet days high fat and fried foods, eggs, and carbonated and acidic beverages should be avoided. Take advantage of easily digestible foods in low quantities. Water intake should not be limited. Generally, the last intake of food should be 3 to 4 hours prior to the start of the race. Recognize that each individual has different nutritional needs. Go into a race a little more on the hungry side - going in on the fuller side could be detrimental.  We always like to “hydrate” (drink water) before all meets. A common misconception is that hydration only concerns the day before or the day of a meet. Hydration is a process that is ongoing throughout the week leading up to a meet so it is important to make sure that water intake is consistent throughout the week.