ISU expert offers hydration strategy for Iowa teen athletes

AMES, Iowa-   Experts are reminding high school athletes, beginning their training and practices now,  to take some steps to stay hydrated, while exercising in the summer heat.  

"Two to three hours before a practice, drink a tall glass of water, and be mindful of drinking during practice.  It's not about toughing it out, it's about maintaining hydration," says ISU Assistant Kinesiology Professor James Lang.

Lang also says whether the athlete will be outdoors or in a hot gym, it's a good idea to get used to the heat before working out, and then stay hydrated during practice.

He says heat exhaustion symptoms include:   a dull headache, nausea, dizziness and muscle cramping.

Heat stroke can lead to more serious cognitive or central nervous system symptoms.

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