You want to make sure your muscles have enough fuel from carbohydrates, so you decide to eat a big bowl of pasta right before the game to help. That should work, right?! Not quite.
Actually, carbohydrate loading is unnecessary. In fact, a disruption in a player’s normal eating pattern can actually cause an upset stomach and may lead to impaired performance.
The best approach is to slowly increase carbohydrate intake in the days leading up to a game and eat good carbohydrates to get the full benefit with every bite.