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SARASOTA SUN DEVILS
(EST. 1987)

 

 

Why is hydration important?

Staying hydrated is essential for everyone, but children who play football and cheer during our hot and humid Florida weather have an even greater need to maintain proper hydration. It is quite common for many young players to arrive at practice or their game already dehydrated. A full day at school, running around at recess, gym class, not eating or drinking properly through out the day will all contribute to a child being dehydrated before practice or their game even starts.  This past weekend we had a large number of participants experience the effects of dehydration and had to be removed from the game (both football players and cheerleaders).  The safety of our participants is our number one priority.  We encourage our families to speak with their children and to monitor their hydration throughout the week.  In addition to inhert health dangers of dehydration, the side effects of poor hydration on performance can include:

  • increased heart rate
  • impaired heat regulation
  • increased perceived exertion
  • reduced mental function
  • reduced skill level

    Please ensure your children are staying hydrated throughout the week.  At a minimum, please have them follow these basic tips:

    Prehydration
    ·         Players/Cheerleaders should drink 16 oz of fluid first thing in the morning of a practice or game.
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    Players/Cheerleaders should consume 8-16 oz of fluid one hour prior to the start of the practice or game.
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    Players/Cheerleaders should consume 8-16 oz of fluid 20 minutes prior to the start of the practice or game.

    Hydration
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    Players/Cheerleaders should drink during the practice or game to minimize losses in body weight but should not over drink.
    ·         ALL
    Players/Cheerleaders should consume fluids during "water breaks". Many participants will say that they are not thirsty; however, in many cases by the time they realize that they are thirsty they are already dehydrated or on their way to be dehydrated. Instruct your children to make sure they drink during water breaks.

    Re-Hydration
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    Players/Cheerleaders should drink after their game or practice.  Sports drinks are a good re-hydration sourceContinue to hydrate and replace electrolytes after the game with cold sports drinks that balance the sodium and potassium levels of your child. Within 2 hours of the final whistle, make sure you replenish your athlete with carbohydrates, potassium and sodium. During strenuous exercise a player can lose over 32 oz of water an hour. Remind young athletes to replace lost fluid and electrolytes after the game to help speed up the recovery process and get on to the rest of their day.
     
    If you have any additional questions, please visit http://www.popwarner.com/safety/hydration.htm or consult with one of your coaches.
 
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