Contrary to conventional wisdom, a young athlete's need to stay hydrated
is a constant regardless of the sports season, Kids can become
dehydrated whatever and whenever they play sports, regardless of the
temperature or relative humidity.
For most exercising athletes, the ideal fluid for pre-hydration and re-hydration is water. Water is quickly absorbed, well-tolerated, an excellent thirst quencher, and cost effective. Sports drinks containing 6-8% carbohydrates and
sodium may be beneficial in some situations and for some individuals.
Every year the start of summer football practices around the country is accompanied by horror stories of coaches forcing young athletes to practice in hot, humid conditions without taking appropriate precautions against heat-related illness and of the deaths of youth athletes from heat stroke. It doesn't have to be that way.