He says he has calmed down, however. “It’s just from having a number of years playing at the top level. It is a technical sport but you also just need experience. We’re lucky in the front row where you can keep getting better the older you get. “Sometimes my focus has been lacking because it’s very easy to get carried away with the emotion of the game, especially at Test level where you’re playing in front of enormous crowds and playing the anthem at the start. It’s very easy to lose focus and not do the right thing at the right time. Over the years I’ve learned to stop getting carried away so much and just make sure I’m switched on at the right times.”
4. Regular blood and urine tests
Tracking of ketones
Your child will have periodic urine tests to check the level of ketones. These can be done at home or at the doctor’s office. Ketones are substances formed when body fat is broken down for energy. This can happen after going without food for long periods of time, as the result of an illness, or during periods of heavy exercise. Ketones in the urine may signal the start of a metabolic crisis.
Your child will have regular blood tests to measure the levels of amino acids. Urine tests may also be done. Your child’s diet and medication may need to be adjusted based on the results of these tests.