From our friends at BlueCross Blue Shield:
Before the glare of the Friday night lights or the divots on the soccer field, follow these tips to make sure your young athlete is well-fueled and hydrated for a new season of practices and games.
Make sure fluids are available at all times. Water should never be restricted during play or practice.
Avoid caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Make sure your children drink enough milk, which is essential for healthy bone growth and strength.
During strenuous activity, athletes should drink 4-to-8 ounces of water every 15-to-20 minutes.
Encourage children to drink before they’re thirsty. Athletes can become dehydrated before they feel thirst. Not getting enough fluids and calories can lead to fatigue and a sudden drop in performance.