If you’ve ever competed in an athletic event that involves sprinting or running for extended periods of time, chances are you have experienced the lactic acid “burn” in your legs. It can definitely inhibit your performance. But what is lactic acid? During intense exercise, there may not be enough oxygen available to complete the process, so a substance called lactate is made. Your body can convert this lactate to energy without using oxygen. But this lactate or lactic acid can build up in your bloodstream faster than you can burn it off. This backlog of lactic acid in your system causes this aching weakness you feel in your legs.
Even, “fine tuned” professional athletes can experience “lactic acid burn”. So if your son or daughter competes in soccer, tennis, swimming, track, BMX or nearly any sport that involves extended running or anaerobic activity they have probably been affected by lactic acid. You can never completely eliminate lactic acid, but you certainly can reduce its effects. Timing of hydration and nutrition is key. Approx. 2 hours prior to a sport or intense workout make sure your child has a meal or shake with easy to digest macronutrients (protein and complex carbs). Phenom Young Athlete has 27 macronutrients and is faster digesting as compared to a full meal. This helps to fill the body’s glycogen which is like putting “high test gasoline in a performance car engine”. Also, proper hydration with water is important approx. 30 minutes prior to an event. Even if they are not thirsty try to encourage drinking water. This is a catalyst in transporting oxygen and nutrition to the muscles. Staying “out front” with hydration can help minimize lactic acid build up.
We recently attended a major BMX event. Riders race 3-6 times per day with typically 30-60 minute wait times in between each moto (race). These races are full effort, extended sprints that last approximately 60 seconds. We encouraged riders to consume 2oz. “shots” of Phenom Young Athlete along with their normal hydration after each moto (race). The results were tremendous, as many riders reported faster recovery and noticeably less lactic acid than they had been experiencing.
If you can help your young athlete reduce their lactic acid buildup, it will pay off in their games and competitions.