Gatorade Sports Moms Resource site And Gatorade Sports Mom Survival Pack Giveaway

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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My older son is very athletic. He’s especially talented at track. I’ve always tried to be supportive of him. My approach to his participation in sports is similar to my approach to his school grades – I only want him to try his best. I guess you could say that I’m a “sports mom”. According to a study done by Gatorade, that makes me part of the 13 million member strong Sports Moms community, a community where seven in ten moms are raising kids in competitive sports.

Wondering why Gatorade would do a study of Moms? Gatorade wanted to better understand the mom’s behind today’s young athletes, and identify their perceived roles, challenges, motivations and rewards as it relates to their children’s sports. Wondering what they found out? It’s actually pretty interesting. 94% of the Moms surveyed agreed that good nutrition was important for good performance. Many of those same Moms admitted to having concerns or a lack of knowledge in the following areas:

Protein

  • Seventy-five percent of Sports Moms don’t know that in order to help promote muscle recovery, their athletes should consume protein within a 30-60 minute window post-exercise.

Hydration

  • Seventy-six percent of Sports Moms think their kids are properly hydrated, but research shows that 70 percent of teen athletes show up for athletic events dehydrated.

Pre- and post-game fuel

  • Forty percent feel their athletes don’t get the right nutrients to keep them on top of their game during practice and competition.
  • More than half report that their kids aren’t eating appropriately to fuel before practice.
  • Almost half admit their athletes are unable to eat a meal within an hour of practice or competition.

To help Moms help and support their athletes, Gatorade has created the Gatorade Moms site. The site contains a treasure trove of information including information on sports nutrition, hydration, and injuries as well as training tips and advice, and information on how Gatorade is formulated,. It also contains Sports Mom TV, which are videos featuring real Sports Moms, as opposed to actors, sharing their own personal stories.

I found the Gatorade Moms site to be very helpful and informative. I haven’t gone through all of the material there yet (there’s a lot), but I have learned quite a bit already. For instance, did you know that to completely restore muscle energy it’s suggested that athletes eat high-carbohydrate, moderate-protein foods within 30 minutes after exercise and then eat small meals at two hours and four hours after exercise? I didn’t. I also appreciated reading the interesting information on why sports drinks like Gatorade are thought to be better than water for athletes.

If you have any children in sports or soon to be entering sports, I recommend checking out the Gatorade Moms site.

WIN IT!

ONE winners will receive a Gatorade Sports Mom Survival Pack which includes a Gatorade branded Nike Dri-Fit hoodie, a Gatorade branded drawstring tote, a Gatorade branded 1 gallon cooler, a Gatorade branded water bottle and a 18.4 oz of Gatorade 02 Powder (makes 4 qt of Gatorade).

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter visit the Gatorade Moms site and then leave a comment here telling me if you have a child in sports AND one thing that you learned or found interesting on the site.

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THE SMALL PRINT.

The winner will be selected using the “And the winner is” plugin. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Wednesday 05/04/11 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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51 comments

pat.navymom April 24, 2011 - 8:12 am

Water to me is still the very best hydrant.

Jackie April 24, 2011 - 9:44 am

My daughters don’t play sports. I learned that the carbohydrates and electrolytes in sports drinks help refuel muscles and speed rehydration.
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Liza767 April 24, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Did you know 70 percent of athletes show up for athletic events dehydrated?

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Danelle Johnson April 25, 2011 - 1:44 am

I have two boys in baseball and one of my girls is on the soccer team. They all play sports outside of “school” at the local park.

I was surprised to learn that it is safe for infants and toddlers to drink, at least as long as they can have juice and stuff.

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karenM April 25, 2011 - 1:06 pm

Our 2 granddaughters that live with us are cheerleaders. Interesting that Ankle injuries are the most common injuries seen in basketball and are among the highest percentage injuries in football and soccer as well.

With our gals, it seems to be wrist injuries.
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Laura DeLuca April 26, 2011 - 10:35 am

my son play soccer and basketball-I like the article “Six Scary Injuries and How to Avoid Them”

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Marj M. April 26, 2011 - 2:27 pm

I have a grandson in sports. I learned within 30 minutes of a workout he should eat a snack like a carbohydrate/protein bar and a snack again in two hours.
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Vicki Wurgler April 27, 2011 - 9:37 pm

It’s common for some athletes to lose between 5-8 pounds of sweat during a game, so it’s easy for athletes to become dehydrated if they don’t drink enough to replace what is lost in sweat.

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Staci A April 29, 2011 - 9:54 pm

My little one started soccer 2 years ago and now plays year round and loves it. On the site I learned that when picking the right sport for your child, you should consider the organization of the program among other things.

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Katherine May 1, 2011 - 12:46 am

Visited and had to laugh about the peanut butter and banana sandwich. I always thought those weren’t healthy, especially with the whole elvis tie in. But now I see what is good about them… and plan to try them!

Jill L May 2, 2011 - 7:24 am

No kids in sports. We spend time hiking and geocaching. I learned that carbohydrates and electrolytes in sports drinks help refuel muscles and speed rehydration

tree May 2, 2011 - 8:09 am

My son takes Karate. i learned that 70 percent of athletes show up for athletic events dehydrated. Thanks for the chance!

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Katrina May 2, 2011 - 8:38 am

My daughter will be starting sports later this year. I am super excited about it. I learned that when selecting a sports program for you child make sure to check out the organization and not just the sport.

Cori Westphal May 2, 2011 - 3:59 pm

My kids are still small. We’ve tried dance, cheerleading, basketball, and hockey so far. Nothing has stuck. My son is trying football this year!

And I learned that you should thoroughly check out a sports program to make sure it has all of the qualities that you and your child are willing to commit to, before signing up! Like finding out that there are 8 practices in a week or something! Good advice!

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tess May 3, 2011 - 5:24 pm

the carboyhdrated in the sports drink help the muscles refuel and my son plays baseball
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Melanie May 3, 2011 - 9:27 pm

my daughters play sports and it doesn’t surprise me that 70% of athletes show up for sports dehydrated already. it is hard to get kids to drink enough during the day when they are at school. they don’t get much time to eat, let alone, drink…

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Stephanie Phelps May 4, 2011 - 3:22 pm

I have 2 sons who run track. My interesting thing to me was Carbohydrates in sports drinks helps athletes perform better in both power and endurance efforts.

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