Summer is an exciting time to be a kid in Minnesota. The warmer temperatures usher in a nearly unlimited array of fun outdoor activities ranging from organized team sports to water sports to riding bike and much more. For many young hockey players, it’s also a time for practicing stick handling skills, shooting pucks and other dry land activities.
Regardless of what kids are doing, one thing is for sure in the summer. They’re going to be busy.
The increase in outdoor activity for kids (and adults) raises the importance of staying hydrated. The influence of hydration on performance is well documented for mature athletes, but research has also shown that children begin to show negative effects with as little as one percent decrease in body weight due to fluid loss. That means a child weighing 100 pounds may be impacted after losing just one pound.
Here are a few tips to help monitor hydration this summer in order to maximize your training and fun during outdoor activities:
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