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Can Education Help Keep Youth Athletes Well-Hydrated?

By Susan Yeargin, momsTEAM, 07/26/19, 4:15PM CDT

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Studies suggest hydration education alone doesn't do the trick, more pro-active steps needed

Youth athletes tend to show up to practices and games dehydrated. They also seem to stay in a chronically dehydrated state in the days that follow.

The benefits of staying hydrated, and avoiding moderate to severe dehydration, are numerous, including optimizing sport performance, supporting efficient thermoregulation, and a decreased risk of heat illness.

If you want your youth athlete to arrive at practices and games well-hydrated and to maintain that status during and after sports, it stands to reason that educating them about the benefits of proper hydration could make a difference? But does it?