Glucose is the form of sugar that food is broken down in the blood vessels. Glucose provides energy, the fuel, for the muscles to exercise and most importantly it’s the fuel for the brain and nervous system.
Without adequate levels of glucose in the blood stream (the blood sugar level) the brain can’t think, can’t remember and the exercising muscles can’t continue to work and train!
Don’t Feel Good & Feeling Dizzy
These are both common signs or symptoms of an athlete who body has 1) over-heated and/or 2) whose blood sugar level has fallen and the brain is getting too hot and doesn’t have enough fuel.
A Teaching & Learning Moment
So we of course immediately sat down and [should have had some water and possibly some quick form of energy (sugar) if the athlete would have brought some]. This became a great teaching moment for a young athlete to learn how to better train.
I asked the athlete if she had eaten anything today and she said she had eaten breakfast and then had some type of energy product on the way to the training session.
What to Do Next Time
With the parent, we talked about the importance of bringing water and possibly some type of energy drink to every session. Then we quickly got into a brief but simple discussion about what to eat and when to eat if we are going to continue to train at 1 pm.