For many families, AYSO game days are the best time of the week. With temperatures reaching dangerous levels in many places throughout the country, it’s important to take the necessary measures to make sure your Region’s players don’t suffer from dehydration. Communicate the following tips to your Region’s coaches and families to help combat dehydration.
1. Require young athletes to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after practices and games—even if they aren't thirsty.
2. Have parents and coaches teach kids the symptoms of dehydration (dry or sticky mouth, thirst, headache, dizziness, cramps and excessive fatigue) and have them communicate anytime they’re feeling these symptoms.
3. Ask coaches to adjust the intensity of practices depending on the temperature and humidity and direct referees to add extra water breaks for hot games.
4. Decrease, stop or reschedule practices or games, if necessary.
For more information on dehydration, including symptoms, causes and risk factors, visit the Mayo Clinic. For more useful tips and information on staying safe this AYSO season (and beyond!), click here. Have a safe season!