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Hydration for the Teen Athlete

Teen athletes have different needs when it comes to seasonal sports and staying hydrated.


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

Athlete Scenario: Ever since football practice started in August, I’ve been getting headaches, feeling tired, and having trouble paying attention in class. I’ve been thirsty during the day, so I drink juice or soda at meals and stop at the water fountain on my way to class. During practice, I drink a 20-oz sports drink and, occasionally, I drink water from the cooler. Am I getting enough fluids? How much and when I should be drinking?

Length: 1 page, single-sided

Intended Audience: Patients/Clients, Public

Key Words: Athletes, Hydration, Football, Youth, Teens, Sweat Loss, Fluid Loss, Sports Drinks, Sports 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” a or by phone at 800.249.2875.

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