Recognize and Prevent Dehydration
September 11, 2013
Heat-related illnesses can be a serious threat to youth athletes in the hot summer and early fall, sometimes resulting in death. In fact, between the years of 1995-2009, 31 high school football players died from heat-related illnesses. While heat exhaustion is complex, one step in reducing it is to prevent dehydration.
Considering that two-thirds of youth athletes show up to practice already dehydrated, parents and coaches need to be particularly vigilant about the warning signs a young athlete may be experiencing dehydration.
Of course the key to avoiding dehydration and heat exhaustion is to maintain your body’s fluid and electrolyte levels. This can be done simply by drinking water regularly throughout the day before a practice or sporting event, as well as during and after the event.
Thanks to the numerous (and often unhealthy) drink options out there for kids, it can be difficult to convince them to drink the proper amount of water. Not to mention, a healthy balance of electrolytes can be altered if too much water is taken in. Below are some alternatives to popular sports drinks (which are loaded with terrible ingredients) and water for keeping your young athlete hydrated.
For the adventurous kid, try adding chia seeds to the drink. From Ashley Marcin at Walk Jog Run