Hydration and Injury Prevention

The majority of the human body is made up of water. In fact, 50-60 percent of an average person’s body weight is water. Staying hydrated is vital for optimal health, especially while playing sports in extremely hot temperatures.

At Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, our providers are experts in orthopedic care. Athletes are most vulnerable to musculoskeletal injuries because they are often in situations of high contact. Providing care for patients in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona Bone and Joint is the leading orthopedic practice in the southwest United States.

The summer season is quickly approaching. School athletic team use this time to get their teams conditioned. Most of these practices are held during the midsummer days, when the weather is hot. Coaches will undoubtedly provide water for their team, but that is sometimes not always enough. Children often show up to practice already dehydrated. With added pads and clothing, the risk of dehydration is much greater.

Compared to adults, children have a harder time to keep themselves cool. This is because it is easier for adolescents to obtain heat from hot environments. In the same sense, children produce more metabolic heat during physical activity. This inability adds to the higher risk of dehydration than adults.

Healthy practices lead to healthy games. Fluids, especially water, should be taken throughout the day. Athletes should avoid sugar drinks such as soda, and instead choose water, milk, and sports drinks with electrolytes for optimal athletic performance. Usually, children should drink around 16 ounces of fluids before any form of physical activity.

Water and sports drinks help prevent dehydration and muscle cramps. These fluids replenish the body, keep sodium and potassium levels high, which are otherwise lost while sweating. Always keep a bottle of water handy, no matter the circumstances. Arizona weather in the summer is unbearable at times, making children even more vulnerable to dehydration than other states. Talk to your Arizona Bone and Joint physician about other ways you can avoid sports injuries.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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