Adequate hydration is necessary for all student-athletes, especially to prevent heat illness from occurring. Here are the suggested steps to take for proper hydration:
- The athlete should arrive at practice well-hydrated to reduce the risk of dehydration.
- Water or sports drinks should be readily available to athletes during practice and should be served, ideally chilled, in containers that allow adequate volumes of fluid to be ingested.
- Water breaks should be given at least every 30-45 minutes and should be long enough to allow athletes to ingest adequate volumes of fluid.
- Athletes should be instructed to continue fluid replacement in between practice sessions