ATHLETES - DRINK PLENTY OF WATER T0 AVOID DEHYDRATION!
So much for winter or easing into spring, it feels like summer is here! This week has yielded several record high temperatures which is great for training but you must drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Dehydration occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount of water that is taken in to replace the loss. Athletes lose water during practice and meets in the form of water vapor in the breath they exhale, sweat and when they go to the restroom. The more you sweat, the more water that must be consumed to replace the loss!
The signs and symptoms of dehydration range from minor to severe and include:
* Increased Thirst
* Muscle Cramps in the legs and abdominal area
* Dry, Sticky Mouth - Swollen Tongue
* Sleepiness - Excessive Tiredness/Weakness - Sluggishness
* Dizziness - Lightheadedness - Fainting
* Inability to Sweat
* Decreased Urine Output
* Urine color may indicate dehydration. If urine is concentrated and deeply
yellow or amber, you may be dehydrated.
* Subpar performances at meets - if your legs cramp up it's hard to run, jump
If you are experiencing any of the above listed symptoms please talk to the athletic trainer and coaches. However, the best way to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of water to keep your body in balance. Sports drinks (like Gatorade & Powerade) are also good but water is the best and least expensive way to hydrate yourself.
One last point! Hydration doesn't start the day of the meet, athletes need to hydrate (drink water) all week long to avoid dehydration.