I’m going to go ahead and throw energy drinks in this post too. Energy drinks are not only loaded with sugar, but caffeine as well. Caffeine is a great energy boost for the short term. You may feel good at first, running around the court like a bat out of a cave, but the crash is inevitable and miserable. Plus, caffeine will also make you more dehydrated and is never a good idea to take before conditioning.
So, keep the energy drinks to a minimum, including a 5 hour energy shot. Stay away from that!
If you’re looking for some energy before the big game or before practice, I recommend a Vitamin C boost. There are a ton of products, such as Emergen-C, that make this vitamin C boost. If will give you a small jolt of energy with no crash. And it’s great for your immune system, so hopefully you’ll be sick less and can stay on your game. Of course a good night’s rest and a big breakfast is the best way to keep you going all day long.
And never, never bring candy to a basketball camp!