|Noaa Bujanover, MS, RD, CSP, LD/N, CSCS|
Hydration is often overlooked when thinking about sports performance as well as sports medicine. However, it's one of the more important things we need to monitor, even more so here in Florida.
Research shows that losing 1-2% of your body weight during exercise can cause a decrease in performance and concentration which could lead to injury. A higher loss can lead to heat illness such as heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration include: elevated heart rate, headache, muscle cramps, reduced sweating, dark urine, small amount of urine, clammy skin, chills and nausea and vomiting. Severe dehydration will cause heat exhaustion and could lead to heat stroke
In order to prevent dehydration or heat illness:
If you ask yourself what should they drink?, its simple:
And if they partake in multiple games throughout the day they may benefit from a combination of sports drinks and salty snacks.