For many families, soccer game days are the best time of the week. With temperatures reaching dangerous levels in many places throughout the country, it’s important to take the necessary measures to make sure your player doesn’t suffer from dehydration. Keep the following three tips in mind to combat dehydration.
1. Require your young athlete to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practices and games—even if he isn’t thirsty.
2. Teach your child the symptoms of dehydration (dry or sticky mouth, thirst, headache, dizziness, cramps and excessive fatigue) and have her communicate anytime she’s feeling these symptoms. Be sure to share this information with other parents and coaches. For a list of all symptoms, click here.
3. Ask coaches to adjust the intensity of practices depending on the temperature and humidity and ask referees before hot games to add extra water breaks.
For more information on dehydration, including symptoms, causes and risk factors, visit the Mayo Clinic. Have a safe season!