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Why waiting to "feel thirsty" is too late

By Staff, 07/19/16, 7:45AM EDT


Children are more susceptible to heat illness than adults. With this in mind and summer heat upon us, Chattanooga FC Academy wants parents to know how they can help their child be safe and enjoy the practice/game even more. 

The guidelines offered by U.S. Soccer provide an overview of the latest research and information regarding:

1) the physiological factors and soccer-specific factors that place young athletes at risk for heat illness

2) heat illness prevention techniques

3) the signs and symptoms of dehydration and heat illness.

If someone becomes fatigued, dizzy, nauseous or has a headache during exercise in the heat, have them stop, rest and drink fluids.  

Fluid Guidelines

As one of the best means to preventing heat illness, the U.S. Soccer Federation recommends parents and coaches ensure children are well hydrated before practice and games. During activity, young athletes should drink on a schedule – before they feel thirsty – and consume five to nine ounces of fluid every 20 minutes (a child who weighs less than 90 lbs. needs five ounces of fluid and a child weighing more than 90 lbs. needs nine ounces of fluid).

While water is purest form of hydration, research shows most children do not drink enough to avoid dehydration with plain water. Compared to water, kids will drink 90 percent more of a flavored sports drink with electrolytes like Gatorade or Powerade to fully rehydate. It’s important parents and coaches have these types of fluids available for children during activity.

Click the Heat & Hydration Guidelines below for more information.

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