U11 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U11 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

U14 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U14 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

U16 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U16 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

Season 14 Conference 3

Sportsmanship Awards

U11 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U11 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

U14 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U14 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

U16 Player Season 14 Conference 3

U16 Player Mythical 5 + 6th Man

Season 14 Conference 3

Sportsmanship Awards

Sports Drinks, Energy Drinks and Kidzhoops

I spent a good part of my vacation this year at my cousin's place in Durham, North Carolina, home of the 'Blue Devils' Duke University. The topics of our conversation varies but most of it is about youth sports and Duke's studies regarding what children should drink during sports activities!

 

Fluid replacement is very important during training and competition. Dehydration can cause performances to decline so fluids need to be consumed more. By the time the feeling of thirst creeps in, that means about 2% of your body water weight has been lost and you are already under hydrated.

Now comes the challenging part for active people; how much fluid do you have to take and what is the best drink to replenish lost fluid? With the emergence of sports drink and energy drinks, does that mean water is not enough?

Duke's Sports Medicine study on fluid replacement:

No matter how hard a player tries to drink during play, there will be water loss. So it is extremely important to teach athletes how to replenish fluids after or during a competition. A guideline for fluid intake prior to a game is to drink two 8 oz drinks one hour before the competition and try to drink 6-8 oz every 15-20 minutes during exercise. When exercising for less than one hour, the athlete can drink water or flavored water - whatever will encourage the player to drink and stay hydrated. When exercising at a high intensity for greater than one hour, it is beneficial for the athlete to drink a sports drink.

Now back to KidzHoops. With games running for less than an hour divided into four quarters that has to be distributed to twelve players for playing time - the good old-fashioned water can do the trick to stay hydrated.

Bottom line....Drink lots of water....Drink up!