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Can Education Help Keep Youth Athletes Well-Hydrated?

If you want your youth athlete to arrive at practices and games well-hydrated, and to maintain that status during and after sports, it stands to reason that educating them about the benefits of proper hydration could make a difference? But does it?  MomsTEAM's hydration expert says the studies suggest that education alone doesn't work.

Valerie Berkowitz: Following Five Key Lifestyle Habits Key To Optimum Sports Performance

As Sports Nutrition Month at MomsTEAM rolls into its third week,  we hear from child nutrition expert, Valerie Berkowitz, Director of Nutrition Education at The Center for Balanced Health:

MomsTEAM: What do recommend sports-active kids eat for breakfast? 

Valerie Berkowitz and family

There is no magic bullet when it comes to giving your child the competitive edge, but following five key lifestyle habits will help make the difference.

Christie Rampone: Nutrition and Hydration Advice For Aspiring Athletes

MomsTEAM has designated October as Sports Nutrition Month, and invited some old friends and some new ones to share their wisdom about nutrition by responding to a series of questions. We hope their answers will offer the always on-the-go sports parents we know you are some fresh ideas and choices for healthy, easy-to-make breakfasts, lunches, dinners and between-meal snacks for your active children.

Christie Rampone with gold medals Today we hear from three-time Olympic gold medalist, Captain of the US Women's Soccer Team, and mother of two, Christie Rampone:

MomsTEAM: What kind of healthy snack favorites do you share with your kids?

Taking in the right kind of fuel before a busy day, practice or game, staying properly hydrated, and recovering properly after sports are key says three-time Olympic gold medalist and mother of two, Christie Rampone.

Water Enhances Sports Performance

Here are some "droplets" of information to enhance your water IQ, optimize water balance, and help your child feel and perform better in sports

Dehydration in Sports: A Year-Round Concern

Whether your tween or teen is at the rink, on the court, in the pool, or on the slopes, the need to keep them well-hydrated so they can perform at their best is the same in winter as on the hottest days of summer.

Athletes Should Monitor Hydration Status

Athletes should drink enough fluids that they need to urinate every 2 to 4 hours. A small volume of urine and/or a dark color are signs of dehydration, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark.

Ten Hydration Tips for Youth Athletes

A handy list of ten hydration tips for youth athletes from MomsTeam's Dr. Susan Yeargin.

Sports Drinks Improve Performance in Stop and Go, High-Intensity Sports

Attention sports moms: still skeptical that sports drinks actually do what they say they do - help increase endurance for young athletes in stop-and-go, high-intensity team sports like soccer, football, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse - and aren't just advertising hype? Well now you don't have to take their word for it, there's scientific proof.

Sports Drinks for Sports, Energy Drinks Never, Says Pediatrics Group

Sports drinks should be consumed by children and adolescents only when there is a need for fluid, carbohydrate and electrolyte replenishment during and after prolonged, vigorous sports participation, while the ingestion of energy drinks should avoided completely, recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics in a report published in the journal Pediatrics.

Sports Drinks Linked To Healthier Food Choices, More Physical Activity: Study

Consumption of flavored and sports beverages (FSBs) by eighth- and eleventh-grade students is positively linked to the consumption of healthy foods, such as milk, fruit and vegetables, and to increased levels of physical activity but increased consumption of soda pop has the opposite effect, says a new study reported in the October 2010 print issue of the journal Pediatrics.
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