Adequate hydration is necessary for all student-athletes, especially to prevent heat illness from occurring.  Here are the suggested steps to take for proper hydration:

  • The athlete should arrive at practice well-hydrated to reduce the risk of dehydration.

  • Water or sports drinks should be readily available to athletes during practice and should be served, ideally chilled, in containers that allow adequate volumes of fluid to be ingested.

  • Water breaks should be given at least every 30-45 minutes and should be long enough to allow athletes to ingest adequate volumes of fluid.
  • Athletes should be instructed to continue fluid replacement in between practice sessions

Hydration information from the Sports Library of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute

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