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Proper Hydration is Key

Staying properly hydrated is important for adults and youth.  Hydration is an aspect of health that requires a conscious daily commitment.  Fuel Soccer shares some important reminders on hydration, from author and nutrition consultant, Molly Morgan.  “The biggest rule of thumb for athletes is to arrive to games, practices and workouts hydrated and focus on hydration every day,” Morgan said. “Athletes should sip fluids throughout the day with the goal of having most of their daily fluid intake from water.”  Here are some tips to stay properly this summer season:

  • Players aged 14 to 18 should be drinking 11 cups of water a day.
  • A football player should drink eight to 16 fluid ounces of water two hours before practice and another eight ounces 15 to 30 minutes before the training session.
  • During practice, a player should drink four to eight ounces every 15 to 20 minutes. After practice, replenish with 24 fluid ounces for every pound lost.

Some symptoms of dehydration include but are not limited to:

  • noticeable thirst
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • nausea
  • headache
  • cramping
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • difficulty paying attention
  • decreased performance
  • dark urine

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For details:  Hydration Tips from a Professional

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