I don’t know about where you live, but down here in the Georgia Mountains, it has been HOT. I’m talking makeup-rolls-off-your-face-as-soon-as-you-put-it-on-hot. It’s disgusting. BUT, it hasn’t stopped my kids from playing outside, and it certainly hasn’t stopped the “fall” sports at school.
As a mom, it’s important to me to keep my kids hydrated while they’re out playing hard. Heat-induced illnesses can hit quickly, and sometimes water alone just isn’t enough to get them hydrated fast enough and keep them that way. Yes, water is vital to everyone. But it just can’t hydrate and refuel like Gatorade can. Gatorade gives just the right amount of fluids, electrolytes and carbohydrates to quickly put back what kids lose when they sweat. Plus, it provides energy they need to keep them going.
That’s why I keep a large supply of Gatorade in my fridge at all times. It’s a brand I’ve trusted for years. I used it myself during high school basketball games, and now my kids will use it during their many sports adventures both now and in the years to come.
Here are some tips to keep your young athletes safe this summer:
- What you wear makes a difference: Wear light clothing, change sweat-soaked clothing as soon as possible, avoid wearing excess clothing, and remove helmets when not playing.
- Be sure coaches schedule and enforce drink breaks and rest periods during practice and physical activity.
- Be prepared at practices and games by having an ice-filled tub ready for immersing a player in case of an emergency. Know the exact location and any specific directions required by the EMS responders. Always cool the athlete before trying to transport them.
Here are some warning signs of Heat-Induced Illnesses:
- Flushed Skin
- Poor Concentration
- Loss of Muscle Coordination
Recently, Mom Central sent me several bottles of Gatorade to test out with my kids. Since we’ve already been using Gatorade for quite some time, these added to our collection already in the fridge. I love Gatorade, and so do my kids. I like knowing that it’s supplying the extra boost my kids need to stay hydrated while they’re out playing hard. I will continue to purchase Gatorade for all of my kids, and would gladly encourage any mom of young athletes (or just kids who like to play hard!) to do the same.
Want to know how you can help Gatorade Beat the Heat?
Head to www.nfl.com/trainingcamp and download a free Gatorade Heat Safety Kit. For every unique download, Gatorade will donate $1 to “Beat the Heat” charities – and they’ll donate up to $20,000! It’s a quick, easy way to make a difference, and you might just learn something while you’re at it! The Beat the Heat Safety Kit is an excellent resource for any parent to have on hand.
Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Gatorade’s “Beat the Heat” campaign and received Gatorade samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.