Hydration is important
Heat Related Illnesses & Hydration In addition to the article prepared by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the information from USA Football, here are some beneficial reminders:
“USA Football” and “Coach Smart”
Download these free smart phone apps designed by USA Football and Vanderbilt respectively. The first emphasizes Heads UP techniques and various player safety reminders. The second includes a number of good sports medicine tips for coaches including local heat index, lightning strikes, hydration tips, concussion symptoms, etc.
Identify High Risk Players
Large players are typically more at risk for heat related conditions.
You may want to pair your players up in a buddy system in which players help watch their buddies for heat or other problem.
Important actions by parents should include: being familiar with this information about heat illnesses, having their child become acclimated to the heat prior to the season with a responsible amount of outdoor exercise, be sure hydration begins the day before athletic functions and provide sufficient fluids for consumption during the athletic event. Players should not be using energy or other caffeinated drinks.
Bring Water & Ice
Players should bring their own fluids but early in the season when they are needed the most some kids forget so bring some extra water. Consider dark towels (that won’t show blood) on ice which can be used to cool players.
SCHEDULE Frequent Breaks / Hydration Reminders:
Fluids: water or sports drinks NOT energy drinks or other caffeinated beverages
2 to 3 hours before event drink 17-20 ounces
30 minutes before event drink another 7-10 oz.
88 lb. player needs 5 oz. each 20 minutes during practice
132 lb. player needs 9 oz. each 20 minutes during practice
Sports drinks are needed for athletic functions over one hour.
More Information from USA Football at: http://usafootball.com/health-safety/heat-preparedness