HYDRATION TIPS FROM AN EXPERT

Updated Sunday August 19, 2018 by Bart Polster.

Molly Morgan emphasizes the importance

of hydrated athletes by offering helpful hydration tips. 

Molly Morgan, an Apalachin, N.Y. resident, is a nutrition consultant for professional

sports teams as well as a published author. She offers her thoughts on the best nutrition strategy

for youth soccer players.

Proper hydration requires a full-day commitment. An athlete

cannot expect to perform at his highest level if he’s not properly hydrated.

“The biggest rule of thumb for athletes is to arrive to games, practices and workouts hydrated

and focus on hydration every day,” Morgan said. “Athletes should sip fluids throughout

the day with the goal of having most of their daily fluid intake from water.”

Boys ages 14 to 18 should be drinking 11 cups of water a day. A football player should drink

eight to 16 fluid ounces of water two hours before practice and another

eight ounces 15 to 30 minutes before the training session.

During practice, a player should drink four to eight ounces every 15 to 20 minutes.

After practice, he should replenish with 24 fluid ounces for every pound lost.

An easy way to monitor hydration status is by assessing urine color. The goal for athletes

should be to have pale, lemonade-color urine. If the urine is darker, that is an indication of

under-hydration and should signal the athlete to drink more fluids.

Symptoms of dehydration include noticeable thirst, irritability, fatigue, weakness, nausea,

headache, cramping, dizziness, lightheadedness, difficulty paying attention and decreased

performance.