Way before I became I pain physician I was acutely aware of a particular maxim: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Despite its triteness, in this expression I found unbounded wisdom: wearing knee pads while rollerblading averted nasty knee cuts and ripped jeans, while a napkin in my lap discouraged tomato sauce stains. Back in my own days as an athlete – a batting helmet defended my skull from menacing fastballs. These days, this aphorism’s weighs heavily on my shoulders when I am confronted by yet another patient who is an athlete with an injury resulting from poor to complete reckless abandonment of sports nutrition. Many such patients have suffered muscle injuries and/or severe cramping that has resulted from dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities and/or potassium and magnesium deficiencies. This is not just frustrating because these kinds of injuries are extremely avoidable through a proper sports nutrition-inspired diet, but also failure to acquire the full range of protein, carbohydrates, micronutrients and vitamins an athlete requires will severely limit the ability to reach maximum performance. To put it in laypersons terms, without sports nutrition athletes will increase the likelihood of debilitating injury and will also be actively hampering their ability to perform to their full potential.