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Avoiding dehydration

Staying hydrated throughout the day makes it easier to prevent dehydration, and ultimately heat stroke, during after-school sports
August 29, 2019

Although hydration is important year-round, the back-to-school season places many student athletes outside in high temperatures. A physician gives helpful tips to stay hydrated while out on the athletic fields.

“So if you’re going to be in a scenario that you know you’re going to be sweating or you’re going to be in the heat where you have a lot of, like, evaporation and fluid loss like that, you’re better off doubling the amount of fluid that normally take in,” said Ross Klocke, DO, resident in the Texas A&M College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at Texas A&M Family Care.

He recommends drinking eight ounces of water per hour throughout the day to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“Dehydration while you are doing physical activity is going to look like you stop sweating, you might get a little light-headed or dizzy,” Klocke said. “You may start to feel more hot because you are not sweating anymore and you are not able to evaporate the sweat and cool off.”

If you are starting to feel any of these symptoms, alert someone close by and immediately find some shade and water.

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