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04/11/18

Staying Hydrated During Sports Tryouts

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Drink Plenty of Water

It seems like a no brainer, but it’s shocking how many athletes forget to drink water. They feel fine, but all of the sweat and heat starts affecting their body. And all at once, their body gives out.

This situation takes place all too often. Staying hydrated by drinking water every break is crucial for the health and safety of your athlete.

Don’t Overwork Yourself

It’s important for our student athletes to start learning their physical limits. It can be difficult to decipher how far they can push their bodies before they’ve pushed too far. Have a discussion with your child on how to learn their limits and not push past it.

You’ve pushed your body too far if you start feeling light headed or have trouble catching your breath. Taking frequent breaks to drink some water and cool off will help you to push yourself without pushing too far.

Wear the Proper Gear

When your sport is outdoors, it’s much easier to overheat your body. Make sure you wear sunscreen to combat the sun. You can also wear a cool rag around your neck to keep cool. During water breaks, re-wet your rag and apply to your neck so you have maximum hydration.

Staying hydrated is more than drinking water. You can drink water and sweat it out immediately, so make sure that you are being proactive and doing everything you can to combat the heat.