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Hydration in Sports: It's All About Balance

By Tamara Hew Butler, Mom's Team, 02/07/19, 8:30AM CST

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Lead them to water but do make them drink

Summertime is just around the corner, along with advice to drink plenty of water and remain well-hydrated. While maintaining hydration is important, this well-intentioned advice can be overdone, especially in weekend warriors and motivated athletes, resulting in sodium disorders like exercise associated hyponatremia. (1) Millions of youth, high school, college, and adult athletes will take to the playing fields and roads to train and compete this summer in the USA (2-5), which should elevate our clinical suspicion for disorders of fluid balance as well as heat illness.