If you are a friend or family member of a high school wrestler, then you might want to make him a goodie bag to enjoy before or after the match. Wrestlers often cut weight before a match to make their designated weight class. After they are weighed in, they are allowed to eat and drink. This means that many wrestlers like to have snacks with them to consumer before the match. Your goodie basket can be a welcome supplement.
Bottled Water or Sports Drinks
One way that many wrestlers cut weight before a match is by sweating out water weight. You might find the wrestlers in the school sauna wearing a sweatshirt while jogging in place to lose 4 or 5 lbs. before weigh-in. After they make weight, then will want to replace those fluids so they can effectively wrestle. Give him a mix of bottled water and sport drinks such as Gatorade to help quench his thirst and rebalance his electrolytes.
Many wrestlers are on a high protein diet. This keeps them muscular and lean, while at the same time in peak shape to wrestle. Wrestlers on a high-protein diet may be consuming 1 to 2 grams of protein for each pound of body weight. It can be a tall order to eat 150 to 300 grams of protein in a day. Therefore, providing protein bars in the goodie bag will give him a healthy snack, packed with protein. Look for protein bars that have only a few grams of sugar.
Some schools provide their wresters with warm-up suits for matches, while others do not. Either way, a wrestler can always use an extra warm-up suit that can be worn to either practice or matches. If the school store sells a warm-up suit, it can be purchased there, or you can design a suit using the high school colors, high school name, mascot name and even the mascot artwork. Another idea is to personalize the warm-up suit with his name on it.
Trial Size Toiletries
If the wrestler in your life takes showers in the high school locker room, then he will need a separate set of toiletries to keep in his locker. Purchase a couple sets of towels, deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and potentially even shaving cream and a razor. You might also fill the goodie bag with muscle rub ointment, band-aids, anti-bacterial cream and other first aid items the wrestler might need for a scrape, mat burn or cut. Additionally nail clippers and nail files can be helpful as wrestlers must keep their nails short so not to accidentally scratch or harm their opponents.
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