How to Avoid a Mid-Game Energy Crash

Find out how NFL RB Trent Richardson and U.S. men's national soccer team player Landon Donovan refuel for the second half.

Trent Richardson

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Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns is a running back who likes to wear down opponents in the closing quarters of a game. He won't try to outrun defenders. Instead, the 5'9", 230-pound bowling ball of a man runs right over those brave enough to try and stop him.

U.S. men's national soccer team player Landon Donovan, meanwhile, uses the second half of a match to display his world-class speed and explosiveness, bolting behind sagging defenses and overpowering opponents in loose-ball battles.

Beyond their superior athleticism, what do the football-playing Richardson and footballer Donovan have in common?

Both need a supply of real energy to power their dominating second-half performances.

Whether it's halftime during a game of football (or futbol), or a brief intermission between games of a double-header, a stop in the action affords you the opportunity to replenish your energy levels. Winning athletes make the most of it.

"During training and competition, it's a good idea for athletes to refuel," says Kim Stein, senior principal scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. "Research shows that taking in the right amount of carbohydrates improves sports performance, endurance performance and motor skills."

For an extra pump to avoid the dreaded second-half slump, Richardson consumes Gatorade Prime Energy Chews at halftime. They are formulated with a blend of carbohydrates and B vitamins to give you the real energy you need for a strong second half.

"I'm not letting up on any plays, so I'm going to be a little empty [by halftime]," Richardson says. "I have to keep the fuel inside me to fuel the fire."

After years of competing at the highest level of his game, Donovan noticed he felt a little less energetic in the second half of matches. That all changed thanks to a double-dose of Gatorade Prime products.

"I usually get Gatorade [Prime Energy Chews] at halftime and eat as much of it as I can, and then also drink as much [Gatorade Prime Sports Fuel Drink] as I can at halftime," Donovan says. "That's helped me a lot in my career."

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