Getting ready for the big game takes more than throwing your lacrosse stick into the back seat of your car minutes before take-off. Players should develop a comprehensive pregame routine that nourishes their body, readies their equipment and inspires their competitive desires. Pregame routines tend to be highly personalized, but the same principles of sound preparation applies to all players.
Start hydrating 24 to 48 hours before the game. Drink mainly water. While sports drinks have their place, your tissues and muscles need to be saturated with water. Sip, don’t guzzle; and drink until your urine runs clear.
Test out all your equipment, especially your stick, 24 hours before the game. Adjust your strings and tape as needed. Make a checklist of what you need to take. Pack your bag with all of your essential equipment and as each item goes in the bag, check it off the list.
Eat a healthy meal the night before your game. Choose foods like pasta and vegetables that will give you long-lasting energy
Get ample sleep the night before your match; at least seven to eight hours.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Protein will be your friend on the field, so eat oatmeal, eggs or peanut butter on wholegrain bread. Eat an apple or banana in addition to breakfast.
Show up to the field 60 to 90 minutes early. Use that time to warm up dynamically, talk pregame strategy with your teammates and get into your gear. If you need to get into a certain mental frame of mind before the game, use that time to focus inward.
Keep hydrating your body during the match to ward off muscle cramping.
Do not perform static stretches pregame as they will fatigue your muscles. Light aerobic activity will get your muscles game-ready.