3 Must-Read Tips for Staying Hydrated During Summer Soccer Camps

Summer soccer camps

Summer is prime season for youth soccer camps all across the country, and it’s hardly surprising to see why. Soccer is now the second most popular youth sport in America behind basketball, with 284,000 boys and 209,000 girls enrolled in high school soccer teams.

But as the summer sun beats down upon the soccer field, one thing becomes extremely apparent — the need to keep soccer players hydrated as they run up and down the field. When a youth soccer player can run as much as seven miles in a single game of soccer, dehydration can be extremely dangerous.

It’s easy to see why hydration is so important for youth soccer players. But how do you encourage younger athletes to stay hydrated while enjoying their favorite sport? Luckily, keeping youth soccer players hydrated is as simple as following these three tips:

Provide plenty of sports drinks

Sports drinks are, unsurprisingly, a great choice for athletes at summer soccer camps. These beverages are packed with electrolytes like sodium chloride, which help the body hold on to fluid and cuts down on muscle cramps. Sports drinks also stimulate thirst, which means athletes will drink more fluids and stay better-hydrated. Best of all? Kids will love being able to choose their favorite flavor.

Make drinks available throughout the game

For ideal hydration levels, soccer players should take small sips of water or their preferred sports beverage throughout the match. Experts currently recommend drinking about four ounces of fluid at the end of every period or at halftime. This is true for soccer practices, as well.

Continue to stay hydrated after the game ends

Once the soccer match ends, many players may think it’s fine to forget about hydration. However, it’s important to make up for lost fluids even after the game is over. Within 20 minutes of the end of the match, have players drink about 20 ounces of water for the most efficient re-hydration.

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