Be prepared for the weather!
To prevent injuries on those days it is cold and damp, you should always dress in layers. You can shed your sweatshirts, jackets, stocking caps, gloves, and pants when your muscles get stretched and warmed. It's cool to be prepared, un-cool - unprepared.
Bring water to every practice.
It is important to keep your body hydrated. And STAY AWAY FROM SODA!
Care for your body.
Your body is a marvelous machine. You can handle it with care or you can abuse it. Remember, your body is a tool and if you take good care of it, it will serve you well.
The four key ingredients to a healthy body are good sleeping habits, physical relaxation, good nutrition, and exercise. To be able to perform your best you need to follow these key ingredients.
Get enough sleep every night, not just the night before a meet. Eat sensibly. You are what you eat! Listen to your body. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel. And always drink plenty of water! Not juice and soda.
Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products, and eat less fast food, junk food, and sugary, greasy snacks.
Food affects your mood!