Hydration and Heat Illness

Our young players need water or other suitable drinks at the fields in a place that they can find it. Heat sickness incidents are on the rise and are preventable.

Here are some excerpts from the U.S. Soccer Federation article:

New youth soccer research from the University of Connecticut and serious cases of heat illness in other sports over the past few years has prompted the U.S. Soccer Federation to issue an updated version of its “Youth Soccer Heat Stress Guidelines.” The aim is to help parents, young athletes and coaches understand one of the most common and most preventable sports injuries: heat-related illnesses, including dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Here are physiological/psychological reasons placing children at risk:

1) Children absorb more heat from a hot environment because they have a greater surface area to body-mass ratio than adults. The smaller the child, the faster they absorb heat.
2) Children and adolescents may have a reduced ability to lose heat through sweating
3) During prolonged exercise, children and adolescents frequently do not have the physiological drive to drink enough fluids to replenish sweat losses.
4) Youth athletes may be more easily distracted when they should be resting and rehydrating.
5) Some youth athletes may be under intense pressure to make a competitive squad and may not want to report feelings of heat distress or take the appropriate amount of time to rehydrate. 


 PLEASE be sure to read the information in this link regarding Hydration and Heat Illness Guidelines from USSF