Spending a beautiful summer morning playing sports outside can be a memorable experience full of laughs and smiles. But as the summer sun starts to warm up, the heat can take a toll on athletes – especially young kids.
At TGA, we know how important it is to take the necessary steps to ensure children stay safe and hydrated while participating in our programs during the heat of the summer.
Drink plenty of water the night before and the morning of game day. You want to take in as much liquid as you lose through sweat. Once you’re out playing, drink both water and electrolytes to help avoid dehydration. Make sure you drink before you’re thirsty!
Play in Moisture Wicking Clothing
Let your skin breathe and make sure air is flowing through your clothes to ensure you don’t overheat. If you don’t have any athletic or moisture wicking clothing, wearing white or light-colored items helps reflect the sun’s heat. Keep an eye out for TGA’s summer camp t-shirts, which combine style with function and are great for playing in on hot summer days.
Keep Sweat from Your Eyes
The best way to do this is to wear a hat or headband that will absorb your sweat. A hat, like the TGA one students receive in enrichment programs, will also help keep the sun from beating down on your face. If possible, wrap a wet towel around your neck to bring your body temperature down.
Make sure to pack sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and reapply multiple times throughout the day. It’s also very important to rest in the shade for periods of time. Playing sports is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, but that requires energy. Without rest, our bodies can’t supply more energy. Should any child feel faint or dizzy, it’s important to stop playing and go rehydrate inside or in some shade.
Knowing how to combat the heat is only a start – the next step is to get out there and get playing! To learn more about TGA Summer Camps and to find one near you, click here.