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Ask Dr. Lindsay: Frequently Asked Questions About Sports Drinks

Dr. Lindsay Baker, a senior scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, answers frequently asked questions about sports drinks and  why it is important for young athletes to stay hydrated and consume carbohydrates to perform at their best.

Keeping Young Athletes Hydrated Critical to Preventing Heat Illnesses

Experts say youth athletes need to drink more fluids and more often during the summer heat.

Replacing Sweat Loss Key to Rehydrating After Sports, Studies Say

Does your child know his sweat rate?  Turns out it is the key to replacing fluids lost during exercise, according to several studies presented 2010 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Baltimore, with experts recommending that athletes replace 150% of the weight loss from sweating in the first four hours after sports.

Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat

With summer temperatures soaring, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has prepared a list of important tips that people of all ages can follow to enjoy physical activity and exercise and also reduce the risk of exertional heat illness that may occur from activity in the heat of summer. This is especially timely in July and August when young athletes are participating in summer and pre-season sports programs and back-to-school games are just around the corner.

Exertional Sickling: Potentially Life-Threatening Condition for Youth with Sickle Cell Trait

After birth every baby is tested for a wide variety of conditions and diseases. One of the tests looks for the condition called "Sickle Cell Trait."  Ordinarily, a relatively benign condition, sickle cell trait can have potentially devastating implications for youth  engaged in sustained, intense exercise, such as in sports practices, which can result in a life-threatening condition called exertional sickling.

Top Five Heat Illness and Hydration Myths About Children

MomsTeam hydration expert, Dr. Susan Yeargin, debunks five common heat illness and hydration myths about children exercising in the heat.

Prevent Hyponatremia During Exercise Lasting Four Hours Or Longer

Hyponatremia occurs where sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low due to excessive water consumption.  Blood sodium levels that drop too low can lead to seizures, coma, and even death.  To prevent hyponatremia usually occurs in endurance and ultra-endurance events follow these guidelines.

Child's Sports Hydration Status Result of Several Factors

A child's sports hydration status can be affected, positively or negatively, by beverage type, flavor, container type, accessibility, and parental and coach attitudes about hydration.

Hyponatremia: Dangerous Drop in Sodium Level From Excessive Water Consumption

Hyponatremia is a relatively rare form of heat illness in which sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low due to excessive water consumption.  It usually occurs in endurance and ultra-endurance events lasting four hours or longer. While children do not ordinarily participate in these kinds of activities, hyponatremia is so dangerous that it something sports parents should know about.

Three Dehydration Signs: Weight Loss, Dark Urine, Thirst

Weight loss, dark urine, and thirst (WUT)are the three main signs that a young athlete is dehydrated.


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