Preventing & Recognizing Symptoms of Dehydration Among Student Athletes

Prevent Dehydration Athletes SummerDehydration is a common condition for student athletes practicing in the hot summer months. In fact, a student at North Forsyth High School recently collapsed at football practice and had to be rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with severe dehydration. Luckily, the student athlete was released that night and is now doing fine. In the CBS Atlanta news video below, Emory Sports Medicine physician Jeff Webb, MD, states that dehydration can be prevented.

Dr. Webb stresses to parents, coaches and players that it is extremely important to drink plenty of fluids before practice, during practice and after practice to avoid dehydration. It is also important to watch for signs of fatigue, cramping, profuse sweating and exhaustion in the student athletes. In order to prevent heat illness, it is important to take the heat seriously and prepare your body for practicing in the heat. Often times, coaches want to push student athletes to get them in shape quickly for sports season, but it is imperative that coaches, parents and certified athletic trainers, if available, closely monitor the students, providing adequate drink breaks and allowing the athletes to hydrate properly in order for the athletes to perform their best.

Check out the full video below!

About Dr. Jeff Webb
Jeffrey Webb, MDJeff Webb, MD, is an assistant professor of orthopaedics at Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Dr. Webb started practicing at Emory in 2008 after completing a Fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine. He is a team physician for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and serves as the primary care sports medicine and concussion specialist for the team. He is also a consulting team physician for several Atlanta area high schools, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, and many other club sports.

Dr. Webb sees patients of all ages and abilities with musculoskeletal problems, but specializes in the care of pediatric and adolescent patients. He works hard to get players “back in the game” safely and as quickly as possible. He is currently active in the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Pediatrics professional societies and has given multiple lectures at national conferences as well as contributed to sports medicine text books.

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