Health Watch - Athletics: Hydration

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the start of the school sports season and what student athletes need to know to stay safe and healthy on the playing field or court. That can include using proper safety equipment such as helmets, knowing when to stay out of the game after an injury and having a comprehensive medical exam at the start of each season. It’s also important for athletes to stay hydrated, especially while the weather is still warm.

Water and sports drinks are important for more than dumping on the coach after a big win. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says water is the best choice for hydration, but a sports drink may be necessary for workouts or games longer than 90 minutes, especially in the heat. Drink before, during and after the workout, and look out for signs of dehydration, like dizziness, weakness or exhaustion. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages such as colas, coffee or tea. 

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September 2010


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