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Proper hydration necessary for athletes

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2018 8:00 am

Adequate hydration is necessary for all student-athletes, especially to prevent heat illness from occurring.  Here are the suggested steps to take for proper hydration:

•The athlete should arrive at practice well-hydrated to reduce the risk of dehydration.

•Water or sports drinks should be readily available to athletes during practice and should be served, ideally chilled, in containers that allow adequate volumes of fluid to be ingested.

•Water breaks should be given at least every 30-45 minutes and should be long enough to allow athletes to ingest adequate volumes of fluid.

•Athletes should be instructed to continue fluid replacement in between practice sessions.

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