Beating the Heat Means Plenty of Hydration
As the weather warms up, paying attention to your athlete's hydration is essential. Did know that even just a two-percent drop in the level of hydration in the body can equate to a 10-percent decrease in athletic performance?
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, a registered dietitian with the Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine Center, says that the key is not to over-drink, but rather drink smart and stay ahead of the game as far as hydration. She offers the following tips to create a hydration game plan to keep your athlete's body flush with the fluids it needs:
Goodson says that hot and humid weather conditions call for more sports drinks.
"Sports drinks, such as Gatorade®, provide carbohydrates during exercise that our bodies need for energy and maintenance of blood sugar levels," she said. "They also provide electrolytes such as sodium, potassium and chloride that aid in hydration. Parents should choose sports drinks for their athletes that are 14-17 grams of carbohydrates per every eight ounces, which is optimal for athletic performance during training."
Stay hydrated -- and have a great game!