Our partners at TrueSport.org have put together an important message on hydration for parents of young athletes:
Staying hydrated during the sport season is just as important for your young athlete as proper nutrition.
Just think of healthy foods as the fuel to your athlete’s sports-playing engine and water as the oil that makes that engine run smoothly.
Youth athletes should make sure they are more hydrated than their non-sports playing friends if they want to feel and perform their best on and off the field. Their high-level of activity causes them to burn through more calories and sweat more.
Whether you’re a coach or a parent, (or both!), you know that keeping your athlete hydrated during exercise generally aids in their sport performance and makes them feel better than any dehydrated athlete. Learn about the signs of dehydration and how to hydrate your athlete correctly for top performance during practice and in competition.
This month, we’re launching a new segment called Ask the Expert that answers the questions that sports parents and coaches may have regarding youth sport. If you’ve ever wondered if coconut water was just a trend or if it aids in the rehydration process, we’ve consulted with an expert dietician and USADA’s very own supplement advisor.
Calling all youth sport coaches and parents! We want to hear from you!
If you have questions related to your athletes, send us an email at TrueSport@truesport.org and we’ll get in touch with our experts for you!
To help maximize the amount of time athletes can spend feeling and performing at their best, TrueSport experts have created a number of resources just for you on our website:
Educators and coaches can enjoy the hydration lesson plan and brand new educational handouts that TEACH the importance of proper hydration in and out of sport.
Coaches and Parents can find more articles written by experts in youth sports and videos (including from Olympic athletes) at Learn.TrueSport.org
Kids will love the new activities in our PLAY App that will not only teach them all about their nutritional needs, but allows them to win cool awards!
The importance of learning about proper hydration during the sport season will help power your athlete’s healthy performance.
Discover more at www.TrueSport.org