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Hydration for the Child Athlete

This fact sheet gives recommendations on how young athletes can maintain hydration during practices and competition.


An Evidence-Based resource from the Sports Dietetics - USA subunit of SCAN.

Athlete Scenario: I love basketball and I play it all year! I get really sweaty and thirsty at practice but we don’t stop for water breaks very often. Sometimes I forget to bring a water bottle. We always have water at games, but I usually don’t remember to drink anything unless I’m really thirsty. I see professional basketball players drinking sports drinks on TV. Should I drink them too?

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes, Hydration, Youth, Child Athlete, Basketball, Fluid Loss, Sweat Loss, Sports Drinks, Beverages


Written by SCAN registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to provide nutrition guidance. The key to optimal meal planning is individualization. Contact a SCAN RDN or a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) for personalized nutrition plans. Access “Find a SCAN RDN” at or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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