In a recent article for MomsTEAM, sports nutrition expert Nancy Clark discussed the subject of over-hydration (hyponatremia). MomsTEAM's sports hydration expert weighs in with some additional thoughts.
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.
The myth that children are more vulnerable to heat
than adults is based on the first studies of youth exercising in the heat conducted in the 1970's and 1980's. More recent research shows that, while youth use a different thermoregulation strategy than adults, they
are still efficient at dissipating and handling the heat, at least in mild to
moderately hot conditions.
So far in the summer of 2011, at least five athletes and one coach have died of heat stroke. Heat illness, however, is one of the most preventable youth sports injuries. Here are ten ways parents can help keep their child safe in the heat.
While all children and adolescents have hydration needs - especially in hot and humid conditions - those with cystic fibrosis or diabetes need to pay extra care and attention to hydration. Here are some hydration tips for parents of athletes with CF or diabetes.