Finally the summer weather is here! Gone are the cold days on the baseball field and now we are all worried about how to stay cool on the field. Staying hydrated is crucial. The last thing you want is your kid going down because they dehydrated.
From a never ending supply of water to cooling towels, below are our 10 tips for staying cool and hydrated on the baseball field
Tips for Staying Cool and Hydrated on the Baseball Field
Don’t wait until game time to hydrate! You want to start hydrating a few days before the game. By the time you hit the fields, it’s almost too late to hydrate. Before games, drink plenty of water! Make sure they keep drinking all throughout the game. After the game is important too! Keep on drinking!
What about Gatorade or Powerade? Those are good too but you don’t want to overdo it. If you or your child is dehydrated, skip the Gatorade and go right to Pedialyte. Did you know that’s what the pros use?
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Beat the heat! After keeping yourself hydrated, keep your body cool! Misters, fans, and cooling towels are the perfect way to cool down the body. We keep a water cooler packed with ice and cooling towels for the team. When the boys are in the dugouts, they use them on their necks and even put them on their head under their caps.
Take a break. In between games is the perfect time to get them cooled off and hydrated. Get them out of the sun and have them relax. Take off cleats and socks (make sure you have an extra pair). We set up a team tent in a shaded area for everyone to just sit down and relax, grab a drink of water, and chill out.
Pack hydrating fruits and vegetables! When the boys are relaxing in the team tent, make sure you have water dense fruits and veggies for them to snack on. Water helps transport oxygen, fat and glucose to your working muscles and regulate your body temperature. Below are the best water dense fruits and veggies to pack:
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Green Peppers
- Baby Carrots
Keep your fruit and veggies cool in a cooler packed with plenty of ice!
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Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The risk of heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion and even heat stroke, greatly increases when the temperature climbs above 90 degrees and the relative humidity is above 60 percent. The increase in heat drains your body of energy and the increased humidity affects your body’s ability to sweat which helps your body cool itself.
Be on the lookout for warning signs (they can be subtle)! The quicker your recognize them, the sooner you can address them.
- Profuse Sweating
- Pale Skin
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dark-colored urine
Clothing! Coaches should take into consideration what colors their team will wear on a hot day. If you have the option of wearing a lighter jersey, it’s best to wear those on hot days. In the dugout, coaches should encourage players to take their hats off!
Below are some things players can wear under their uniform to help keep them cool!
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Rotate players. Coaches should also be more mindful of rotating players. If your roster allows, rotate the kids more giving more breaks so players have time to probably keep themselves hydrated and cooled off.